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Bomb Squad Investigating Suspicious Package on McAllister Street San Francisco

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A San Francisco police bomb squad is investigating a suspicious package found this morning at a building for low-income housing in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood, police and fire officials said. Firefighters responded at about 6:30 a.m. to a report of smoke coming from a garbage chute in a building at 44 McAllister St., San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in the chute and discovered a resident who had left a threatening note in his room and also took measures to deactivate smoke detectors and sprinklers in the building, Talmadge said. An investigator heard a ticking noise in the room and decided to evacuate residents and notify the bomb squad, Talmadge said.

The bomb squad found a suspicious device in the room and was still investigating it as of about 9:20 a.m., police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said. The man associated with the room has been detained during the investigation, Shyy said. Traffic is shut down on McAllister Street near the building until further notice, he said. The building at 44 McAllister St. is Civic Center Residence, a building run by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

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