SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The discovery of a suspicious object near the Powell Street BART station in San Francisco temporarily shut down streets and stopped Bay Area Rapid Transit service through the area.

Trains in both directions were being turned around for a time before reaching the Powell Street station. San Francisco Municipal Railway service in the area was also affected.

The object was found near Cyril Magnin and Market streets at 7:20 a.m., police said. A bomb squad was sent to the scene to investigate.

By 8:00 a.m., BART Communications Manager Alicia Trost said police were allowing trains to run through Powell St. Station without stopping, helping to ease some of the system wide delays.

A few minutes later, Trost said police had deemed the area safe and Powell St. Station was reopened.

BART reported residual delays following the incident.

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