policeblotter_sfa.jpg4:04 PM: Streets in downtown San Francisco have reopened after being shut down late this morning while police investigated a suspicious package.

The package was reported on the west side of Steuart Street between Market and Mission streets at 11:23 a.m., according to police.

Streets in the area were shut down, a shelter-in-place order was issued and nearby restaurants evacuated, according to police.

A bomb squad responded to the scene and eventually determined that the package was harmless, according to police.

Police gave San Francisco Municipal Railway officials the all-clear at 3:20 p.m. to resume regular service in the area, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

The F-Market/Wharves streetcar line had been switching back near Civic Center, and the 6-Parnassus, 14-Mission, 21-Hayes, and 31-Balboa bus lines were rerouted.

1:41 PM: A shelter-in-place order has been issued after a suspicious package was found in San Francisco’s Financial District late this morning, a San Francisco police officer said.

Officers responded to Market and the west side of Steuart Street after a call about a suspicious package at 11:23 a.m., Officer Albie Esparza said.

Steuart Street between Mission and Market streets was shut down after officers found a package, Esparza said.

A bomb squad had been called to the scene as of 1 p.m.

Those nearby have been notified to stay indoors, while some evacuations took place at ground-level restaurants, Esparza said.

Police are urging people to avoid the area, which has been shut down to pedestrians and traffic.

San Francisco Municipal Railway service in the area has been disrupted because of the police activity, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

The inbound F-Market/Wharves streetcar line is switching back at Market and 11th streets, while the 6-Parnassus, 14-Mission, 21-Hayes, and 31-Balboa bus lines are being rerouted, Rose said.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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