South Van Ness reopened after bomb squad checks pickup truck
Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, October 10, 2008
(10-10) 09:49 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Two blocks of a busy San Francisco street were shut down this morning for about four hours while the police bomb squad checked a pickup truck that investigators believe may have been linked to an earlier explosion in the Bayview district, investigators said.
South Van Ness Avenue was blocked from 14th to 16th streets while bomb squad officers, using a dog and a remote-control robot, examined the pickup. The truck, a black Dodge Ram, which was parked at the northwest corner of 15th Street and South Van Ness.
About 5:20 a.m., a small device, possibly a pipe bomb, exploded on the 1100 block of LaSalle Avenue, causing no injuries. Officers said the pickup, which matched a description of a suspect vehicle in the bombing, was spotted in the Tenderloin a short time later.
Police stopped the truck at 15th and South Van Ness and questioned two men in their 20s. The men have not been arrested.
The streets were reopened around 9:30 a.m. after police reported finding no explosives in the truck.
Residents of nearby apartments were asked to shelter in place, while pedestrians and motorists were instructed to take detours.