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Reports of suspicious package in planter prompts bomb squad response downtown

Posted at 4:21 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-05 22:13:18-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A suspicious backpack prompted a bomb squad response downtown Tuesday afternoon.

According to San Diego Fire-Rescue, the incident unfolded around 3:30 p.m. just outside the federal building on the 800 block of Front Street.

Authorities say a security guard at the building saw a man acting suspiciously before tossing a military backpack into a planter.

After using special equipment to examine the bag, the bomb squad found only personal items inside the bag.

The FBI said it sent agents to the scene, but that the "matter is being led by Federal Protective Services."