Rohnert Park street evacuated while explosives removed
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 1:58 p.m.
A Rohnert Park neighborhood was evacuated Tuesday night while a bomb squad removed what were believed to be explosives from a parked truck.
The residents of about 20 homes on Mary Place near Bodway Parkway were told to leave their homes at about 8:30 p.m. as the UC Berkeley bomb squad was brought in.
They were allowed to return about two hours later after the suspicious contents of the older-model Chevrolet flatbed truck were removed. The truck had been parked on the street for about a month, residents said
Sgt. Jeff Justice of the Rohnert Park Public Safety department said the truck did not contain a bomb or similar device but that that there was “something dangerous in it.”
His department received a call about the potential risk inside the truck at 6:30 p.m. and later called in the university bomb squad, which has a contract with the city.
Kyle Morris, 24, was just moving into the neighborhood Tuesday — he was pulling up in a moving truck — when he was greeted by an evacuation order.
“I asked the police if it was OK to park the truck and they said yes. But then the bomb squad arrived.”
Justice said investigators had been in contact with the truck owner, but he declined to elaborate.
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