San Francisco evacuated today over a serious bomb threat led to the Union Square area being on lockdown for a couple of hours following an unknown package being found on the premises. According to KTVU this Thursday, Oct. 17, the Union Square in San Francisco was sealed off for a majority of the afternoon following an anonymous call of a bomb threat and a mysterious package sighting, confirmed law officials.
Having San Francisco evacuated soon began to trend among national news after police officers reacted to the call just before noon today. The anonymous call, says the source, warned of an unknown package that led to the bomb scare, near Stockton and Powell streets.
Local businesses in the San Francisco area were told by police officials and bomb threat squads to stay indoors and take shelter while the “mysterious package” was investigated by the search teams. The police discovered that the package was in fact a backpack, though no bomb or similar threat was found inside. Streets were set to open only a couple of hours later once police had established the Union Square area safe, just a few minutes before 2:00 p.m. this Thursday.
It wasn’t just pedestrians are car drivers who were blocked off for a while, as the San Francisco Municipal Railway service was similarly delayed by the bomb scare, leading buses and streetcars not allowed to pass through the Fourth and Market street locales, concluded police officials.
The identity of the tip-off and owner of the “unknown package” (which turned out to be little more than a backpack) remain unsolved at this time. Although it may appear overkill to have so many law officers and squads involved in an empty search, the press release noted that safety of the public must always come first.