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.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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