TBS Today, July 8

Masked robbers "armed with guns and sledgehammers" forced their way into a Berkeley jewelry shop over the weekend, making off with $500,000 in merchandise, authorities report.

Here's what we know.

Armed robbery crew hits jewelry shop, takes $500K in goods
The crew “used sledgehammers to break display cases and brandished firearms to threaten and control the staff and customers,” BPD said.

We shared the news last week that a teenager had sustained a serious hand injury in a fireworks accident.

BPD said a firework exploded in the teenager's hand shortly before 10 p.m. July 4.

"Officers responded to the 1800 block of Fairview Street, along with the Berkeley Fire Department to render medical aid. Numerous parties were on the scene and were provided support for this tragic accident," police said.

BPD said the teenager was taken to the hospital with a "significant" injury to his hand. A second boy sustained minor injuries but did not require hospital transport, according to police.

"This is a reminder that fireworks are both dangerous and illegal and can be life-threatening," BPD said. "The Berkeley Police Department hopes that both juveniles and those involved in this accident make a full recovery."

In case you missed it

We published a story Sunday night about a major EBMUD water main break that morning.

As of today, EBMUD's outage map says water service is expected to be restored by 6 p.m.

Water main break leads to major outage in West Berkeley
The outage includes water service to all city fire hydrants, the Berkeley Fire Department said.

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