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NBC Bay Area: Suspicious Device Shuts Union Square in San Francisco

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Updated: 10/17/2013 2:09 pm
UPDATE (2:10 p.m.)-  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say there was "no merit" to a suspicious device that led to the evacuation of Union Square.
 
      Police spokesman Gordon Shyy earlier said the report came in around 11:50 a.m. Thursday. In addition to the evacuation, a one-block radius around Union Square was shutdown to vehicles and pedestrians and businesses were ordered to shelter in place.
 
      The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the bomb squad was examining the package at 1 p.m. and cable car service was also shut down.
 
      Police later tweeted that the streets had reopened.
 
      Union Square is a major tourist draw. It is surrounded by high-end retail stores. 

UPDATE- (1:14 p.m.)-  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say they have evacuated Union Square on a report of a suspicious package.
 
      Police spokesman Gordon Shyy says the report came in around 11:50 a.m. Thursday. In addition to the evacuation, a one-block radius around Union Square has been shutdown to vehicles and pedestrians.
 
      Union Square is a major tourist draw. It is surrounded by high-end retail stores. 

A suspicious device forced the closure of San Francisco's Union Square Thursday afternoon, according to police.

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