OAKLAND — Oakland police officials say its downtown headquarters is closed to the public after an evacuation due to a suspicious odor.

Officer Frank Bonifacio, a police spokesman, says the nine-story building was briefly evacuated after an employee thought they smelled gas Friday morning. An alarm was activated and about 200 employees quickly left the building.

The California Highway Patrol briefly closed nearby streets and parts of Interstate 880 were shut down for a short period as well.

Bonifacio says after a floor-by-floor evaluation, fire and gas officials determined that the foul odor came from the building’s heating and air conditioning system which is being repaired.

Employees were later given the all-clear to go back inside the building around 2 p.m., but it will remain closed to the public until further notice.

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