Part of Chevron’s Richmond refinery was evacuated for nearly four hours today as police investigated a suspicious package found in a parking lot on the property, an oil company spokeswoman said. Chevron personnel alerted police around 12:50 p.m. afterdiscovering the suspicious item in a parking lot adjacent to the refinery and evacuated the lot as a precaution, spokeswoman Melissa Ritchie said. The Walnut Creek and UC Berkeley police bomb squads were dispatched to the refinery to investigate the item, which was a backpack that was not deemed to be a threat, Ritchie said. The bomb squads cleared the scene around 4:40 p.m.
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