OAKLAND -- The Alameda County sheriff's bomb squad disarmed a suspicious-looking cardboard box outside the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland Friday afternoon and found it contained some stuffed teddy bears and other items, authorities said.
Authorities became suspicious after discovering the box about 1 p.m. outside the 12th Street entrance to the courthouse.
When they could not determine ownership, a decision was made to use a high-power water device to rip it open and the street was closed as a precaution, sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.
Some employees of the county criminal division office which is just inside the entrance were evacuated and no one was allowed to enter the building until after the box was rendered harmless.
Besides the toy bears, some Ping-Pong paddles and a backpack were also found in the box, authorities said.