Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Propane tank leads to Castro bomb scare

A bomb scare stemming from a report of a propane tank with a note shut down much of San Francisco’s Castro district Wednesday night, May 3.

According to a Facebook post by gay District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, “an anonymous citizen called 911 after seeing a propane tank scribbled with ‘This is a bomb!'” at Castro and Market streets.

Police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan said in a news release that police responded to the area at 9:17 p.m.

“The reporting party stated¬†a propane tank was found with a label indicating the item was possibly explosive in nature,” Gatpandan said. Police “immediately shut down the surrounding area” to Muni, vehicles, and pedestrians.

City officals issued an alert at 9:59 p.m. for people in the area to shelter in place.

The 400 block of Castro Street was completely blocked off, and Market Street between Diamond and Noe was also shut down. Muni buses were rerouted. Numerous police and fire personnel were in the area.

The police department’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit “deployed its robot to inspect the device, and determined the propane tank to be non-hazardous,” said Sheehy.

Gatpandan said the bomb unit “ultimately¬†rendered the item non-hazardous at approximately 11:10 p.m.”

The shelter in place advisory was lifted at 12:02 a.m. Thursday.

-Matthew S. Bajko contributed to this post.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 4, 2017 @ 2:48 pm PST
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