police-light-bar1.jpg9:19 AM: A suspicious package that caused a scare in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood this morning turned out to be an empty suitcase, police and fire officials said.

The suitcase was left outside a convenience store near Eighth Avenue and Irving Street at about 7:20 a.m., San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The Police Department’s bomb squad responded, and police cordoned off the area and shut down service on San Francisco Municipal Railway’s N-Judah line, Dangerfield said.

The bomb squad determined that the suitcase was empty and harmless, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Police and fire crews were beginning to clear the scene as of about 9 a.m., and Muni service was returning to normal.

8:49 AM: The San Francisco Police Department’s bomb squad is responding to a report of a suspicious package in the city’s Inner Sunset neighborhood this morning, a police spokesman said.

An object resembling a briefcase was reportedly left outside a convenience store near the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Irving Street at about 7:20 a.m., police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The Police Department’s bomb squad has responded and was at the scene as of about 8:30 a.m. to determine whether the package poses a threat, Dangerfield said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Greg Dewar

    There are no “convenience” stores at 8th and Irving. It was apparently at the hardware store, according to the chatter outside my window.

  • Eve Batey

    Hey, Greg, the “convenience” term was probably used because that’s what police are calling the location. Here’s the statement from SFPD:

    “The San Francisco Police Bomb Squad is responding to 8th & Irving regarding a suspicious briefcase found in front of a convenience store. The police have closed off the immediate area and the N Judah has been stop until that all clear is given for safety.

    There is no further information.
    Lt. Troy Dangerfield #250
    San Francisco Police Department
    Media Relations”

  • Greg Dewar

    I get that and I wasn’t having a go at the appeal, simply that as someone who walks through here every day, and the closest convenience store is either on 8th and Judah (they have Rainier Ale!) or the 828 market, which is on Irving between 9th and 10th.

    Trust me, if there was one I would be happier than the happiest guy in happyland.