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Police close downtown streets because of unidentified hazardous material

Police have blocked off downtown Sacramento streets because of a hazardous material find. This is a stock image.
Police have blocked off downtown Sacramento streets because of a hazardous material find. This is a stock image. Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Sacramento police blocked off downtown streets Thursday night and evacuated downtown housing because of the discovery of hazardous material. Police said in a tweet at 7:05 p.m. that the material was unidentified.

The material was near the intersection of Sixth and T streets, close to Southside Park. Roads were closed off and a helicopter was overhead. Police advised drivers to stay clear of the area.

Three residences in the area have been evacuated and others have been asked to shelter in place, department spokeswoman Officer Linda Matthew said.

Police received a call around 5 p.m., and responding officers thought the material may have been a device, but it has since been cleared by a robot, Matthew said.

An explosive ordinance disposal unit was called out and will remain on scene into the evening, Matthew said.

As of 8:45 p.m., crews were testing the material in an attempt to identify it, Matthew said.

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