.Police Investigate Suspicious Object on Santa Cruz Westside

UPDATED, 3:30pm: Santa Cruz police posted on all clear shortly after 3pm Wednesday.

They wrote in a tweet that officers determined the suspicious object found on the Westside of Santa Cruz did not pose a threat.


Santa Cruz police are investigating a “suspicious object” that was found on the Westside of Santa Cruz Wednesday afternoon, forcing the closure of several roads and a shelter-in-place order for some residents.

Police have teamed up with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s bomb team at the corner of West Cliff Drive at Bay Street. The bomb team deployed “Sparky,” the robot designed to handle dangerous objects.

A witness reported a suspicious cylinder-shaped object lying beside the popular pedestrian and bike path just before 1pm.

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Authorities have closed West Cliff Drive and part of Pacific Avenue, as well as Bay and Front streets.

As of 1:35pm the incident was ongoing.

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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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