Festivities surrounding the Amgen Tour of California Race were brought to a temporary halt by a bomb scare in downtown Livermore Saturday afternoon.
Livermore police officer Traci Rebiejo said the multi-city bicycle race had already passed through town around 2:30 p.m. but many people remained on the scene when a suspicious cardboard box with a postmark from Southern California was spotted in a dumpster on the 2100 block of Second Street.
The package was suspicious because police had cleared all garbage cans in the area prior to the race as a precaution, Rebiejo said.
A three-block area was evacuated and cleared of people and the Alameda County bomb squad was called to the scene.
However, a local vendor came forward and identified the box, saying it contained postcards and the scene was cleared shortly after 4 p.m.
"It just kind of ruined the festivities," Rebiejo said. "It was right smack in the middle of it all."