Bomb Squad Called to Park


A loud explosion startled many West Enders on Monday afternoon. According to the Alameda Police Department (APD), about 2 p.m. dispatch received a report that the crew working on the Cross Alameda Trail at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park discovered an apparent explosive device.

APD evacuated the area and cordoned off a 150-foot perimeter around the suspicious device. The Alameda Fire Department also responded to the call. They reported the incident to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordinance Disposal Squad. Members of the squad determined that the device, an old mortar, could be live and detonated it where it lay.

It remains unclear how the device ended up at the site that once served as the railroad yard for the Alameda Belt Line.