Homeless man injured by explosion in city trash can

A homeless man was injured when a homemade device exploded near a garbage bin in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood Friday afternoon, a San Francisco police spokesman said.

Emergency crews responded around 1:30 p.m. to an area near Golden Gate Avenue and Jones Street after there was an explosion.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said a homemade device went off near a city-owned garbage can and shrapnel hit a homeless man in the upper body.

The man had been near the trashcan and was collecting recyclables, Esparza said.

The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

After the device went off witnesses told police they saw a man leaving the area. Police believe he is the suspect responsible for the explosion.

He was described as a white man in his 30s standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

Police closed off Golden Gate Avenue between Leavenworth and Jones streets while the bomb squad searched for other devices.

The area reopened around 3:30 p.m.

No other devices were found and the explosion appears to be an isolated incident.

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