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SFPD Bomb Squad Detonates Explosives, Causes Damage In Sunset District

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A liquor store on the corner of 46th and Judah in San Francisco was damaged after police detonated a suspicious device nearby on January 14, 2014. (CBS)

A liquor store on the corner of 46th and Judah in San Francisco was damaged after police detonated a suspicious device nearby on January 14, 2014. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police detonated a bomb found in the city’s Sunset District Tuesday night. The explosion caused a fire that damaged a nearby business.

Around 6 p.m. police responded to a home in the 1400 block of 46th Avenue on reports of a suspicious device.

A police source told KPIX 5 that relatives of a man who recently died were going through his belongings when the device was discovered.

San Francisco Police spokesman Gordon Shyy said in a statement that the police bomb squad unit decided to detonate the device.

“They determined this was the safest way to secure the device,” Shyy said. “There are no more hazards and the scene is secure.”

The fire department responded to assist with flare-ups, police said.

Firefighters controlled a one-alarm fire reported in a liquor store at 8:46 p.m. near 46th Avenue and Judah Street, according to the fire department. The explosion and fire resulted in windows being broken, along with some damage to the store’s walls and merchandise.

The fire was under control at 8:57 p.m.

The explosion was heard throughout the neighborhood. “Just a big loud bang, like when you hear really, really loud fireworks,” said a nearby resident who did not give his name.

Residents were told to shelter in place as of late Tuesday night. Authorities said the FBI was on scene investigating.

Police said no injuries were reported from the explosion.

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