OAKLAND -- Downtown streets have reopened after a bomb squad robot determined two suspicious packages found on a mailbox contained only garbage, police said.
No one was injured.
A shelter in place order for nearby buildings has been lifted, police said.
All streets that were closed near the 500 block of 16th Street reopened about 4:25 p.m., said Oakland Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson.
Police and the Alameda County Sheriff's Bomb Squad were called about 1:20 p.m. after someone flagged down a police captain and pointed out the packages.
The bomb squad sent in their robot and squad technicians later determined that the two packages -- each about the size of a brick -- contained only debris, Watson said.
One package was wrapped in red cloth and the other was wrapped in tan plastic, police said.
An early report that a homeless person left the packages has not been confirmed.