San Francisco’s Union Square has been evacuated due to a suspicious device on Thursday around the lunch hour.
Reports are still coming in and this is a developing story, but what we know so far is that someone alerted authorities to a suspicious device, which some outlets are describing as a potential bomb, although no confirmation has been made by officials.
“The entire Union Square has been evacuated,” said San Francisco Police Department Officer Gordon Shyy. “A one block radius around Union Square is shutdown to vehicles and pedestrians.”
According to Shyy, the call of the device came in at 11:50 am and at 1 pm police was still at the scene investigating.
Union Square is an extremely busy business area with shopping and restaurants for the public to enjoy.
Police are asking the public to avoid San Francisco’s Union Square entirely at this time due to the evacuation orders.
A Nike women’s race pick up packet was canceled due to the evacuation for the marathon that is taking place on Sunday.
As usual with these kinds of events, people are taking to social media to share the news and report on what they witness. Some of the post on Twitter so far follow.
A suspicious device forced the closure of San Francisco's Union Square this afternoon. >>> http://t.co/qsPN3H6ydQ
— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) October 17, 2013
The Daily Star is tweeting that the bomb squad has been called to the scene.
BREAKING: Bomb squad called after "suspicious device" is discovered in popular San Francisco square http://t.co/tShHCwWZGr
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) October 17, 2013
News Breaker tweets that canines are being used to assist police.
NEW PIC: San Francisco Police canines on scene to assist with the suspicious device investigation at Union Square pic.twitter.com/Cm8YQDkKew
— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) October 17, 2013
Stay tuned to The Inquisitr for more developments on the evacuation of San Francisco’s Union Square due to a suspicious device.