PLEASANTON — A gas station and parking lots of surrounding businesses were closed for more than two hours Saturday until a county bomb squad determined that a suspicious device in a trash can was not explosive.
About 10:15 a.m, Pleasanton police received a call that a motorist had dropped the device with wires into a garbage can near gas pumps at a Chevron gas station at Hopyard Road and Owens Drive. The device also emitted a noise.
Police called in the Alameda County Sheriff Department’s bomb squad, and closed the parking lots of a nearby motel and restaurant about 10:30 a.m.
The bomb squad first used a remote-controlled robot to examine the device, and then a bomb expert in protective clothing verified the device was not explosive, police said.
The area was reopened shortly after 1 p.m.
Lt. Larry Cox of Pleasanton police said the suspicious object appears to be an electronic anti-theft device.
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