A shelter-in-place warning from the SFPD went out Wednesday afternoon around 1:15 for the businesses adjacent to Market And O'Farrell Streets after a suspicious package was spotted. According to SFPD, streets were closed and a bunch of Muni lines were disrupted, and people were being urged to avoid the area.
As seen in photographs sent in by a tipster, the San Francisco Bomb Squad was on the scene, and within 30 minutes, the package was determined to be empty and not a threat. The shelter-in-place was lifted as of 1:41 p.m.
They just sent out an emergency message to shelter in place and avoid windows. https://t.co/ehPHn6w8ew— Ben Gutierrez (@bgutierrez) October 12, 2016
Shelter in place has been lifted. The suspicious package has been cleared. All street closures have re-opened regarding this incident.— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) October 12, 2016
UPDATE: Market Street reopened after suspicious package was found empty.— Aleah Fajardo (@aleah_fajardo) October 12, 2016
This incident follows on at least one other recent scare, via a public on high alert once again especially when it comes to rice cookers and things that might be improvised bombs, like the two that were found in Manhattan several weeks ago, only one of which detonated.