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Social Security building in downtown evacuated after suspicious package found

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The discovery today of an unattended bag outside a Core-Columbia building that houses Social Security Administration offices prompted street closures in the area until a bomb squad determined the sack only contained harmless everyday items such as peanut butter.

Personnel employed at the federal workplace in the 1300 block of Front Street were exiting the structure as part of a routine fire drill when the abandoned satchel was spotted shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.

Police shut down nearby First Avenue from A Street to Beech Street and Ash Street from Second Avenue to Front Street while ordnance-handling personnel were called to investigate.

The bomb squad checked out the bag, determined it merely contained "discarded items" and gave an all-clear, fire department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

The cordoned-off streets were reopened to the public shortly after noon, according to police.


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