OAKLAND—A suspicious device was reported at the Rockridge BART station at 3:28 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7. According to the Citizen app, “A 911 caller reported seeing smoke and smelling gunpowder.”
The Citizen app is a free application that can be downloaded on a smartphone or device that alerts users of crime nearby. It monitors 911 police and fire calls in San Francisco and other cities. People can then comment in the chat section of the app, as updates of the incident continue to transpire.
The train was evacuated at 3:29 p.m. after receiving a call about a bomb threat and the device being located on the train, BART reported.
“We have closed Rockridge Station due to police activity. Major delays in both Antioch and SFO directions,” tweeted BART.
Multiple BART stations were evacuated including the Rockridge and MacArthur stations. Immediate backup from the Oakland Police and Fire Departments were needed during the incident. SWAT, Special Weapons and Tactics teams were called and K-9 units searched the stations and did not find any device.
SF BART tweeted “MacArthur Station is now open. Rockridge is still closed due to police activity.” Both stations were reopened by 4:01 p.m. SF BART tweeted, “Rockridge station is now open. We are recovering service from a police activity which occurred at the station. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
As of present no devices have been found. Authorities are still investigating the bomb threat. San Francisco News reached out to the BART Police for comment, but did not hear back before print.