Santa Cruz suspicious package was a book

December 14, 2010 12:34:59 PM PST
A suspicious package found in Santa Cruz this morning prompted a bomb squad response and street closures before authorities determined the object in question was a book, a sheriff's spokesman said.

A man called police at about 9:30 a.m. to report finding a suspicious package on his car, which was parked in his driveway in the 200 block of Chilverton Street, sheriff's Sgt. Dan Campos said.

Officers evacuated about eight homes on Chilverton Street and shut down several streets to investigate the discovery. A sheriff's bomb squad determined at about 11:35 a.m. that the package was actually a wrapped book, Campos said.

Evacuated residents were allowed to return and streets have been reopened, he said.