‘Suspicious Item’ at Artistry Apartments brings Northern Emeryville to a Halt

Published On August 14, 2018 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News

The Emeryville Police Department received a report of a suspicious item in a garage level storage room at the Artistry Apartments this afternoon. A maintenance worker at the complex discovered the device that was described as “cylindrical and approximately 10 inches long”.

Responding Officers were not able to rule out the item as being an explosive device and summoned assistance from BART Police, Explosive Detection Canine teams and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Squad (EOD).

Roadways at the Shellmound intersection at 64th including the nearby railroad crossing were cordoned off while the incident was attended to by the tactical unit. Rush hour commuters via car, AC Transit and Amtrak came to a halt while news copters hovered overhead.

A bomb squad technician outfitted in a disposal suit and helmet could be seen making his way into the complex. Witnessed then described “a loud explosion” that was later determined to be a controlled explosive device intentionally detonated to render the suspicious item safe.

The entire Artistry complex was searched and no other suspicious items were discovered. Streets were reopened to traffic at about 6:22 p.m.

EPD detectives took over the investigation collecting evidence and gathering witness statements. They are seeking the public’s assistance and are asking anyone with information about the circumstances to contact their Criminal Investigations Section at (510) 596-3700.

Feature Image: @EmeryvillePoliceDepartment via Instagram.


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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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