SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, October 12, a suspicious bag was spotted in front of a Wells Fargo Bank by employees. The SFPD reported at 12:50 p.m. that they are investigating a suspicious package on Market Street and O’Farrel Street. According to the police, streets in the region were closed for about an hour.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) sent out multiple tweets offering alternative routes for Market Street service. “Due to #SFPD activity on Market, use the #MuniMetro #subwaysvc as an alternative for market Street service,” tweeted the SFMTA.
Market and Powell Streets traveling westbound, Grant and Geary Streets traveling northbound, and Market and Kearny Streets traveling eastbound were all blocked to traffic as bomb squad units inspected the suspicious package.
Mia, an employee at Race Point Global tweeted about the incident. “Market street, 4th to 3rd blocked off due to unattended bag/package? I can’t get back into my office.” Her tweet also included a video.
The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management tweeted out to residents and visitors to avoid the area due to police activity. “Avoid the area of Market and O’Farrell Street due to SFPD activity.”
The San Francisco Police Department Twitter account noted the package was determined to be safe and streets in the area were back open to motorists and the public.
“Shelter in place has been lifted. The suspicious package has been cleared. All street closures have re-opened regarding this incident,” tweeted the SFPD.
The suspicious bag turned out to be a gym bag with clothes.