Update: Bomb Squad Finds Concrete in 'Suspicious' Boxes

Police responded to the area of Bank of the West after three suspicious boxes were found.

A bomb squad was called after three "suspicious" boxes were found near Bank of the West Thursday evening, according to Newark police.

Officers were first called around 5:15 p.m. when a bank employee discovered the three boxes in the parking lot toward the west side of the bank's building, according to a Newark police statement.

Alameda County Sheriff's Office and fire personnel responded and checked one of the boxes, which was open. Inside were "large chuncks of concrete with rebar," police said.

A bomb squad was called to examine the two other boxes, which were closed with packaging tape, after officers with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office deemed them suspicious, officials said.

Newark Police said ACSO Bomb Team Cmdr. Rocky Medeiros searched the boxes learned they all contained chunks of concrete.

The boxes were removed from the scene, and the area was cleared by 7:40 p.m.


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