Bomb Squad Shuts Down Section of Market Street

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    The bomb squad shutting down Market Street on Friday. Photo: CraDav Twitpic

    San Francisco's main thoroughfare  was closed Friday morning because of a suspicious package.

    Market Street was shut down around Fremont Street at about 8 a.m. while authorities investigated a suspicious package, according to authorities.

    Police were called to the scene after a pedestrian spotted a duffel bag sitting near a bench near the intersection of Market and Battery streets.

    Market Street was shut down between Davis and Sansome streets and between  Mission and Pine strees, authorities said.

    The bag was eventually run through an X-ray machine and determined safe to open. Police said they found clothing in the bag.

    Witnesses took to Twitter quickly with images and updates. Eyewitnesses described seeing the bomb squad shut down the street. Others reported seeing authorities concentrated in an area near a Bank of America branch on Market Street.

    A media representative from Bank of America said the branch was not impacted at all and the suspicious package was not in the bank.

    The discovery of the package comes as the country is on heightened alert after two suspicious devices were found on U.S.-bound cargo flights from Yemen.