Suspicious package shuts down downtown block

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SAN DIEGO – Police shut down streets downtown to investigate a suspicious package Thursday morning.

Drivers and pedestrians were blocked from streets near the Social Security building located at 1333 Front Street around 10 a.m. The offices didn't have to be evacuated because they had already cleared the building for a fire drill, officials said.

The bomb squad arrived to investigate the package around 11:30 a.m. Members of the unit were seen taking the gear off around 11:50 a.m. and soon after police reopened the sidewalks and streets.

Officials said the package ended up only containing discarded personal items.

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