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* Gym Bag Containing Women’s Clothing Prompts Bomb Scare at Transbay Terminal

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A gym bag left behind on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus this morning prompted a police bomb squad response that shut down several city blocks for an hour and a half. The driver of a 5-Fulton bus discovered the large bag in the back of the empty bus during a routine inspection as the bus was parked at the Transbay Terminal at the end of its route, Muni spokesman Judson True said. The terminal is located at First and Mission streets. The driver notified her supervisor, who also found the bag suspicious and called police at about 10:45 a.m. Police sent in a bomb squad and contacted the fire department and the CHP, since the Transbay Terminal is a state owned building.  Streets were shut down in the area and a shelter-in-place warning was issued for the Transbay Terminal and nearby businesses. The bomb-squad X-rayed the black bag and determined that it was harmless, police spokesman Sgt. Wilfred Williams said. Streets reopened and police began to leave the area at about 12:15 p.m. CHP Officer Shawn Chase said the bag contained items including women’s leather boots, a leather jacket, undergarments and leotards. He said the owner has not yet come forward. Chase said that despite the interruption to business and transit, the response by the Muni driver and police showed appropriate caution.  “The driver did everything right, that’s what we want to see happen,” he said. “Luckily it turned out to be nothing.”  Today’s incident came about a week and a half after federal authorities issued terrorism warnings to mass transit agencies nationwide in light of an alleged terrorism plot currently under investigation.  “I’m sure that was on everyone’s minds,” Chase said. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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