policeblotter_sfa.jpgDozens of residents who were evacuated from their Tenderloin apartment building early this morning were able to return to their homes when suspicious objects found inside were deemed to be harmless pipes, a San Francisco police sergeant said.

The Police Department’s bomb squad arrived at the building in the 600 block of Jones Street by 2 a.m. after police responded around midnight to a report of suspicious objects in the building, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

About 75 residents were evacuated around 1:30 a.m. and camped out at a nearby hotel that opened its lobby for them, Andraychak said.

The residents were allowed back into their homes by 6 a.m. after the Explosives Ordnance Disposal unit, along with crews from the San Francisco Fire Department and personnel from the Police Department’s arson unit, determined about 15 sections of capped pipes were not explosive, Andraychak said.

Some ammunition was also found near the pipes, he said.

No one was injured and the building did not sustain any damage while the bomb squad investigated the mysterious objects, Andraychak said.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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