Package suspected to be a bomb in Tenderloin deemed harmless 

Authorities on Thursday deemed a suspicious package found at a Tenderloin building to be harmless, police said.

Firefighters had initially responded about 6:30 a.m. to a report of smoke coming from a garbage chute in the building at 44 McAllister St., fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in the chute and discovered that a resident had left a threatening note in his room and had also deactivated smoke detectors and sprinklers, Talmadge said.

An investigator reportedly heard a ticking noise in the room and decided to evacuate the building and call the Police Department’s bomb squad.

The bomb squad found a suspicious device in the room, but determined it was not dangerous and gave the all-clear shortly after 9:30 a.m., allowing residents to return to the building and traffic to reopen in the area, police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The man associated with the room was detained by police, and he will likely face charges in connection with the incident, Shyy said.

The building at 44 McAllister St. is Civic Center Residence, which is run by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp.

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