"San Francisco evacuated" headlines were running rampant Thursday (Oct. 17). Union Square in San Francisco was evacuated after a suspicious package was found there. According to a report from Reuters, a call came in to the police department and they cordoned off a one-block area of the public plaza.
It was later reported that the package posed no threat and after about two hours of investigation, the barricades were lifted. A bomb squad had been brought in to the popular tourist attraction to take a look at the package, but it was soon determined to not be hazardous to the public.
The suspicious package that led to this area of San Francisco getting evacuated was just a backpack, but because the area was getting set up for the Nike Women's Marathon this weekend, authorities were not taking any chances. While it may have frightened some people in the area at the time, it all turned out to be nothing in the end.
As for early reports that the entire city had been abandoned as a precaution, those were simply stemming from erroneous social media posts by people who were apparently very alarmed by the early police presence. No further investigation into the matter is planned at this time.
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