Suspicious package prompts evacuation of City Hall

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SAN DIEGO -- A suspicious-looking package found near a downtown San Diego intersection Monday morning prompted a brief evacuation of City Hall, but ultimately was determined to be harmless, authorities said.

Authorities determined the package contained 'harmless junk.'

A bomb squad responded around 8:25 a.m. after police officers found the item near the intersection of Third Avenue and B Street, San Diego Fire- Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

Officers evacuated City Hall, at 202 C St. while the bomb squad used an X-ray scanner to examine the package, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. It was not immediately clear what it turned out to be or how the bomb squad personnel dealt with it.

The area near the intersection of Third Avenue and B Street was reopened by 9:35 a.m. and people were allowed to return to City Hall.

The bomb squad sounded an all-clear upon determining that the contents of the package were merely "discarded materials," SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

The area was open to the public again by 9:30 a.m.

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