A suspicious device found near Seventh and Franklin streets in Oakland Thursday morning appears to have been a bomb hoax, police said.
Police received a call at 9:01 a.m. from an employee at the Salvation Army at 601 Webster St. reporting the discovery of a suspicious object.
Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the device was found in "some type of cooler" in a loading dock area. The components inside the cooler included wires, duct tape and foam.
"It was made to look like a real bomb," she said.
Buildings in the area were evacuated, and the Alameda County sheriff's bomb squad detonated the device at about 11:30 a.m., Watson said.
Police had closed off an area bounded by Sixth, Eighth, Broadway and Webster streets. Watson said shortly after noon that people were being let back into their buildings and the streets were being reopened.
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