Old explosive device shuts S.F.'s Sixth St. down

A bomb scare on Sixth Street on Wednesday shut down traffic in both directions for two hours as police removed a military explosive device from a man’s apartment. No one was injured.

At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, police received a call saying there was an old unidentified type of munitions in a room at the Lawrence Hotel on Sixth Street between Stevenson and Jessie streets in the Tenderloin, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

A man called police to report that a friend who had recently been taken to the hospital for unknown medical reasons had been keeping some type of military munitions in his room at the Sixth Street hotel since the early 1970s, according to police.

The Police Department’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, otherwise known as the bomb squad, responded to the hotel in the Tenderloin and was directed to the room by the caller. The squad identified something they described as a “mortar,” determined it to be safe and removed it, Mannina said.

Some hotel residents were evacuated during the search, and but no one was injured during the scare, he said.

“Traffic was temporarily affected because they shut down Sixth Street while this was going on,” Mannina said.

Police have not confirmed whether the man keeping the mortar was a military veteran.

“According to the reporting party, it’s been there since the early 1970s, so we think it’s been there quite some time,” Mannina said.

dsmith@examiner.com


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