San Francisco police gives all clear after bomb threat snarls SoMa traffic

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)  A suspicious incident near San Francisco's Hall of Justice was deemed safe this afternoon after a police response that prompted the shutdown of Interstate Highway 80 and U.S. Highway 101 in the area, police said.

Officers responded shortly before 11 a.m. to a parking lot near Seventh and Harrison streets underneath Highway 80 after receiving suspicious information about a vehicle there, San Francisco police spokeswoman Officer Giselle Talkoff said.

More details about what exactly prompted the police response were not immediately available from the Police Department, which sent its bomb squad to investigate.

Highway 80 was closed along with U.S. Highway 101 in the area. Northbound traffic on Highway 101 was diverted to Interstate Highway 280 and city streets, while westbound Highway 80 traffic was diverted to the Fifth Street off-ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The highways reopened as of 2:20 p.m. and minutes later, San Francisco police said that the scene had been deemed safe and all shelter-in-place orders were lifted.

One of the locations locked down was the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St., although authorities eventually allowed people to leave the building. Court hearings there were postponed until Friday, San Francisco Superior Court officials said.

At this point, additional details have not been released. 

Stay with for updates on this developing story.

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