The North Berkeley BART station was closed briefly Thursday evening after someone reported seeing what appeared to be a live grenade in the station’s satellite parking lot on Franklin Street.
According to BART Police, a responding officer checked the device and determined it appeared to be a live explosive.
With the assistance of the Berkeley Police local residents were evacuated from the immediate neighborhood at around 6:50 p.m., and a safety perimeter was established.
The station was closed as a precaution, and the UC Berkeley police bomb squad was called in. Members of the bomb squad inspected the device and determined it was a toy grenade.
The station was reopened at around 7:15 p.m. and residents were allowed to return to their homes.
Train service was minimally impacted as a result of the incident.
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