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Update, 3:05 p.m. Police report via Nixle that the suspicious bag was found to be safe. Shattuck Avenue has been re-opened.

Original story: Berkeley Police were investigating a suspicious bag in the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue on Friday afternoon.

The suspicious bag is in the 2300 block of Shattuck and, while it is being checked out, Shattuck has been closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic between Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue, according to a Nixle alert sent out by police at 2:40 p.m..

People on the scene report that the area was evacuated by the police.

Police recommend using an alternate route until the matter has been resolved.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...