BERKELEY -- Two suspicious packages were found near the UC Berkeley campus on Monday, prompting police to shut down city streets and evacuate businesses and campus buildings as bomb squad technicians investigated.

Both packages were eventually deemed harmless.

The first package was discovered by a business at 11:55 a.m. The business reported receiving an unexpected and suspicious package, causing the evacuation of nearby buildings, Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said. The bomb squad determined the package to be harmless.

Shattuck Avenue was shut down in both directions from Bancroft Way to Durant Avenue until about 4 p.m.

The second package was reported Monday afternoon near Bancroft and Telegraph avenues, authorities said. It was searched and found empty, the university reported. During the investigation, multiple UC Berkeley buildings, including Sproul Hall and Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, were evacuated.

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