Officers responded to a report of a suspicious package left near the secondary end of the station. The item was examined and San Francisco Police Department EOD was requested to respond. Trains were held out of the station as the item was removed by EOD. The case is under investigation.
An officer located a small bag on the outside ledge of the platform. The placement was suspicious in nature and an explosive detection K-9 indicated that the bag may contain hazardous material, so the bomb squad was called out. The station was closed and trains were not allowed to run through the station. The bomb squad was able to safely remove the bag, x-ray it and determined that it did not contain explosive materials. The station was closed for almost three hours before the item was deemed safe, the station was re-opened and normal train traffic was resumed.
A patron reported an abandoned suitcase in one of the station’s public restrooms, which the station agent then relocated near the agent’s booth. On opening the suitcase, the agent discovered it contained a large metallic pipe and other items. At this point, the agent notified police who responded and deemed the suitcase’s contents suspicious enough to warrant the closure and evacuation of the station. Two BART Police canines responded and inspected the suitcase, and determined its contents were not explosives; the county’s explosives ordnance unit was consulted as well. As a result of this incident, train service was delayed for approximately forty (40) minutes. 1610-0293 L10. TSOC notified.
Officers located an ice chest (cooler) placed near the entrance to the police substation. No threats had been received. Because no explosive detection K-9s were on duty at the time, a request went out to our allied agencies. The UC Berkeley PD had a K-9 available, but because the cooler had been placed at the entrance to the police office, they determined that it should be checked out by their bomb squad. The item was x-rayed and determined to most likely not contain explosives. It was eventually examined by one of their specialists and found to contain water and miscellaneous items (including some wire). Trains were held briefly while the item was x-rayed and again later when it was opened. TSOC was notified of the incident (TSA-07-19380-16).
An officer responded to the station upon a request by Federal VIPR Marshalls after they examined a suspicious package that had been turned in to the station agent on 4/15/16, as lost property. Today, that same station agent flagged down a VIPR Marshall at the station and requested he take a look at the contents of the bag. Upon examination of the contents, the VIPR Marshall felt the contents were suspicious, as it contained a circuit board, a power supply box, a control switch, and miscellaneous wires. The Marshall notified SFPD who responded with their explosives detection dog. The dog cleared the package. Additionally, the Marshalls notified their Explosives Officer who examined the contents and deemed them safe. The BART officer was able to locate a name and contact information for the owner. The officer contacted the owner and determined that the bag had in fact been reported as lost on 4/15/16. The owner, a mechanical engineer lecturer at a local University, advised that the contents were props used for lectures on feedback control. There was no disruption of service. As a matter of information sharing, TSOC and NCRIC were notified. TSOC report #TSA 04-10677-16. NCRIC Tracking #20160308.
An officer responded to the station after a citizen reported seeing what appeared to be a live grenade in the Franklin Street satellite parking lot. The officer checked the device and determined it appeared to be a live explosive. With the assistance of Berkeley Police, local residents were evacuated from the immediate neighborhood and a safety perimeter was established. The station was closed as a precaution, and the U.C. Berkeley Police Bomb Squad responded as well. Members of the bomb squad then inspected the device and determined it was not an explosive – it was a toy. Shortly thereafter the station was reopened and residents were allowed to return to their residences. A lieutenant, two sergeants and assisting BART officers responded as well. Train service was minimally impacted as a result of this incident. TSOC notified (TSA #1508-3822).
A station agent reported locating a small suspicious looking package that had a flashing red light on the north end of the track way leading into the Transbay Tube. The station remained closed as officers checked the suspicious device. Central was advised. Further inspection revealed that the suspicious object was an anti-shoplifting device deterrent. The station was opened at 0609 hours. TSOC was notified. Reference # TSA-01-018982-15.
An anonymous user sent a bomb threat to dispatch via the BART Watch cell phone application. The message indicated that there was an explosive device on board a Pittsburg and SF Airport bound train. The sender indicated that this was not a joke, but provided no further information. Requests for additional information went unanswered. Officers searched all circulating Pittsburg and SFO bound trains, but found no suspicious items. The sender had enabled the location feature on his phone, and the message was sent to an address in Antioch. Records showed that a person attached to that address had a long criminal history, including an arrest by BART PD. Officers went to the address and contacted a resident there. The resident had three no-bail arrest warrants for theft and probation violations. Officers arrested the man for his outstanding warrants. They also conducted a probation search of the man's room and located a cell phone. The investigation continues to determine if the suspect can be charged with making a false report of an explosive device. The suspect was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for his outstanding warrants. There was no significant delay in service as a result of this incident. TSOC and NCRIC notified.
The on-duty station agent reported an unattended package was plugged into an outlet on the Amtrak station platform. BART and Amtrak Police responded and closed both the Amtrak and BART stations. K-9 officers searched the area for possible secondary devices with negative results. The Walnut Creek Bomb Unit arrived to inspect the package, which was destroyed with negative results. Bus service was set up with AC Transit to transport passengers near the Richmond Station from the El Cerrito Del Norte Station. The station was re-opened and service was restored at 2238 hours. TSOC notified.
Dispatch received a transfer from the CHP that an anonymous person said an explosive device was on board an AC Transit bus at the station. The bus was ultimately cleared of passengers and the station was closed while BART Police and Alameda County deputies searched the area. The county explosive ordinance detail unit arrived at the scene and determined there was no explosive device on the bus. K-9s searched the station and surrounding area with negative results. Revenue service was restored after approximately two hours. TSOC notified.