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UPDATE: Suspicious bag spotted in downtown SF deemed safe

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An SFPD officer holds down caution tape as bomb squad arrives to investigate a suspicious package at Market and O’Farrell in San Francisco Calif. on Wednesday Oct. 12, 2016. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)

A suspicious bag spotted in front of a Wells Fargo Bank by employees early Wednesday afternoon that triggered a bomb scare was found to merely contain clothing.

Police were alerted to the abandoned duffle bag at about 1:10 p.m. outside the Wells Fargo at 2 Grant Ave., San Francisco police Capt. Teresa Ewins said.

Officers subsequently shut down Market Street in the area while the bomb squad responded to the scene. In all, the area was shut down for about 25 minutes.

“I’m glad police take this seriously,” said Jason Miller, 29, who arrived at the scene shortly after the area was blocked off.

Police warned occupants in nearby buildings to move away from windows and asked occupants to shelter in place or leave the building and area while officers investigated.

Blocks from from Market and Powell streets on the west, to Grant and Geary streets on the north to Market and Kearny streets on the east were blocked to traffic before bomb squad units discovered the duffle bag contained clothing.

Sidewalks were reopened around 1:40 p.m. and at 1:45 p.m. the bomb squad’s special investigative unit left the scene.

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