A report of a suspicious backpack in Union Square has been found to be without merit and the area is reopening to traffic, according to San Francisco police.

Police cleared the scene of the reported suspicious backpack on the Stockton Street side of the square just before 5:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Eric O’Neal.

The backpack, which reportedly had wires coming out of it, was reported at 3:49 p.m.

O’Neal said the backpack was found to contain some sort of novelty item and posed no threat.

The incident caused the closure of streets around Union Square and affected both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

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