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Posted: 12:32 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
KTVU and Wires
SAN FRANCISCO —
San Francisco's Union Square reopened Thursday afternoon after being shut down for about two hours because of a report of a suspicious package, police said.
Officers responded around 11:45 a.m. to the report of the suspicious package near Powell and Stockton streets.
Occupants of businesses near Union Square were told to shelter in place while police investigated.
Investigators eventually determined that the backpack did not present any threat and deemed the area safe. Streets were beginning to reopen as of about 1:45 p.m., police said.
San Francisco Municipal Railway service was also affected by the incident, with eastbound buses and streetcars not stopping in the area of Market and Fourth streets, Muni officials said.
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