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San Francisco Federal Building Safe After Bomb Scare

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Officers block the sidewalk during Wednesday's San Francisco Federal Building bomb scare. (CBS)

Officers block the sidewalk during Wednesday’s San Francisco Federal Building bomb scare. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A suspicious package that prompted a shelter-in-place warning at the Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Ave. in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon has been deemed harmless.

“The situation has been resolved. All clear, all clear,” the building’s occupants were told over a loudspeaker at 2:20 p.m.

The package was discovered on a conveyor belt in the building’s basement mailroom at about noon, San Francisco Police Officer Albie Esparza said.

Esparza said the department’s bomb squad aided in the probe.

During the two-hour investigation, occupants of the fourth through 20th floors of the building were instructed to shelter in place.

People on the first through third floors were told to move to the Turk Street side of the building, and those on the basement and sub-basement floors were evacuated.

(Copyright 2011 by CBSSan Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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