We're getting word that a "suspicious package" has forced the evacuation of the Farmer's Market outside the Ferry Building. A large section of the Embarcadero is now blocked off, too, so please stay out of the area.
According to one tipster, local photog Travis Jensen, "There's a black suitcase w/ wires hanging out zip tied to a tree." And it's located at Steuart Street between Mission and Market streets.
Yikes. Will update as soon as we know more.
Update: SF Appeal reports that traffic is also being disrupted. "San Francisco Municipal Railway service in the area has been disrupted because of the police activity, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said. The inbound F-Market/Wharves streetcar line is switching back at Market and 11th streets, while the 6-Parnassus, 14-Mission, 21-Hayes, and 31-Balboa bus lines are being rerouted, Rose said."
Update II: "Bomb squad continues investigation of suspicious suitcase in tree on Steuart St. across from Hyatt Embarcadero Hotel." [KCBS]
Update III: Is this the infamous suitcase stuck in a tree that's causing Tuesday afternoon's melee in downtown San Francisco. Caity Cronkhite snapped this shot of the suitcase hours ago, tweeted it, and wrote the following, "This is a suitcase zip-tied to a tree. It's difficult to come by extra storage space in San Francisco, but come on." Four hours later, we now have evacuations and major street closures.
Her wonderful follow-up tweet:
Don't mind me, I'm just the girl who reported the #suitcaseinatree that shut down half of San Francisco.— Caity Cronkhite (@CaityCronkhite) October 30, 2012
Update IV: Helicopters hover above the intersection, waiting. Also, the bomb robot is now in full effect. Behold:
Update V: A shelter-in-place has been ordered for the area, of course.
Update VI: Suitcase deemed harmless by police. Back to work. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along. Also, affected muni bus routes are now resuming their regular routes. Expect residual delays.(Credit: @CaityCronkhite)