Neighbors Question San Francisco Bomb Squad's Decision to Detonate Explosive Device

By Cheryl Hurd
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 5:58 PM PDT
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An investigation is ongoing on a suspicious device that was detonated in San Francisco's Sunset District. Cheryl Hurd reports.

An investigation is ongoing on a suspicious device that was detonated in San Francisco's Sunset District. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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Residents in San Francisco's Sunset District are questioning the police department's bomb squad's decision to intentionally detonate a suspicious device found.

The Monday night detonation caused an explosion that rocked the neighborhood, shattering windows, setting off car alarms and rattling nerves. The explosion happened in a home behind the Western Sunset Market, which also received damage from the detonation and remained closed Tuesday.

"It was in the house and now the house is destroyed, a business is destroyed," said resident Shawn Lafrance. "Everything is on hold right now."

Lafrance said he wasn't home when the bomb squad responded to a call of suspicious device at a home at 46th Avenue and Judah Street. Police said the device was some type of explosive.

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"The bomb squad technician on scene last night determined it was too dangerous to move," Officer Gordon Shyy said. "In other situations maybe we could move it. But every situation is different and in this one the best outcome was to leave it there."

The explosion destroyed a back wall of a corner store, along with part of the home the device was in.

Some who live in the neighborhood wonder why the bomb squad made what they believe was a damaging decision.

"You knew what you were doing," Lafrance said. "Like take that somewhere else. This is a neighborhood. (The explosion) scared the crap out of my roomates."

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