Police officers remove a suspicious package that led to the evacuation of San Francisco's Union Square at midday. (Rachael Marcus/KQED)
Police officers remove a suspicious package that led to the evacuation of San Francisco’s Union Square at midday. (Rachael Marcus/KQED)

San Francisco police evacuated Union Square, one of the busiest pedestrian and tourist sites in the city, to check on a suspicious object discovered at midday.

The Police Department says the device was reported about 11:45 a.m. near the corner of Stockton and Geary streets in the park area of the square. At first, police issued a shelter-in-place order, followed by a partial evacuation of offices and stores surrounding the square. People were allowed to return to the area just after 1:30 p.m.

Rachael Marcus, reporting for KQED from the scene, says police removed what appeared to be a large backpack and other items from the park. She says an investigator told her that the object “was more than a backpack” and that police are searching for whoever left it.

Union Square is currently occupied by hospitality tents for Sunday’s Nike Women’s Marathon.

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