A police car parked near Dolores Park after a suspicious device was discovered. Photo by David Mamaril Horowitz, taken Aug. 23, 2021.

A suspicious device was found near Dolores Park today, Monday, Aug. 23.

Police responded to the 600 block of Dolores Street, between 19th and Cumberland streets, a little after 10 a.m., and closed part of the Dolores Street, according to CBS, which first reported the story.

This information was confirmed by the San Francisco Police Department. A passerby, Ryan, told Mission Local he was walking around the park a little after 11:30 a.m. and noticed police officers had put yellow tape around one side of the playground.

Liisa Laukkanen, a San Francisco resident who was at the park, said a police officer told her the device was a box with a suspicious note. Another observer, Arlene Danschin, said she saw a “huge” truck with the description “bomb unit” on it, and around six police cars and a dozen officers just before noon.

It is unclear what the object was, and officers have not yet confirmed the details to Mission Local. “Due to the nature of the open investigation, we are not disclosing a description of the device,” a police statement said.

Just before noon, two officers on the scene confirmed to Mission Local that the site was “all clear.” Several police cars departed 19th and Dolores Streets and the park was reopened.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and start the message with SFPD.

This story is breaking and will be updated as possible.

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David Mamaril Horowitz

David’s one of those San Francisco natives who gets excited whenever City College is mentioned. He has journalism degrees from there and San Francisco State University, graduating from the latter in May 2021. In college, David played five different roles as an editor at student news publications and reported as an intern for three local newspapers, mostly while waiting tables at the Alamo Drafthouse. His first job was at Mitchell's Ice Cream.

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