Police reported at 11:30 p.m. Friday that the suspicious device found at 23rd and Bartlett looked like a bomb, but turned out to be a hoax.
“It appeared to be a legitimate active device with a timer and wires,” police reported but “After rendering the device safe it was found to be a hoax device.”
Police responded to a suspicious package on Bartlett Street between 22nd and 23rd streets at 7:50 p.m. Friday and issued instructions for residents to stay inside.
Pedestrian and vehicle traffic was restricted from 22nd to 24th streets and Capp to Valencia streets, according to readers.
Sergeant Monica MacDonald said officers responded to find a package with pipes and wires attached. The SF Fire Department arrived and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel were on the scene.
ABC7 reported one building was evacuated and the bomb squad has dispatched a robot to investigate the package. It’s unclear if the bomb squad or a robot determined that the package was a hoax.
Streets reopened at 10:30, although 23rd Street between Valencia and Mission remain closed to vehicle traffic for 30 minutes or so.
One reader at the scene said she heard officers tell a crowd gathered at 24th and Mission that they might “hear a thud,” though that reader did not hear anything.
SFPD investigating suspicious package in the Mission. Huge area cordoned off. pic.twitter.com/6qFZe10arq
— Andria Borba (@andria_borba) February 28, 2015
SFPD Mission units working an EOD incident in the area of 24th and Bartlett. EOD unit just arrived on scene.
— Kimberly Leung (@kimmie_leung) February 28, 2015
— Scanner Says… (@ScannerSays) February 28, 2015
In addition to the medic standing by, SFPD units are now requesting an SFFD engine to stand by at this EOD incident. — Scanner Says… (@ScannerSays) February 28, 2015