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.

Reach Harry Harris at hharris@bayareanewsgroup.com and Kristin J. Bender at kbender@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.



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