Report of 'suspicious package' found near Qualcomm Stadium prompts evacuations

All-clear issued after package determined safe
Posted at 3:44 PM, Sep 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-18 20:02:57-04

SAN DIEGO (10NEWS) -- Reports of a suspicious package discovered near Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday afternoon prompted temporary evacuations.  

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. near the Trolley station outside the stadium where thousands of people were attending the San Diego Chargers game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In an initial post, the official Twitter of the SDPD said,"SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE UPDATE:We've evacuated & secured the area at Qualcomm Stadium.Our Bomb Squad is on scene investigating."

A follow up tweet said that fans inside the stadium are "considered to be safe."

At about 4 p.m., SDPD said that the package was not a device and issued an "all clear" for the affected area. Trolley service has resumed.

"Our @SanDiegoPD security plan to keep everyone safe at Qualcomm stadium  worked as planned. Thank you @SDFD and all our safety partners," tweeted police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

A description of the package or details about the exact location have not yet been released.

The incident comes as New York City investigators work to find out who planted a bomb that rocked a bustling Manhattan neighborhood.  Officials are scouring surveillance video for any link to an unexploded pressure-cooker device found just blocks away.  29 people were injured in the blast, including an 8-year-old child.

This is a developing story. Stay with 10News for updates.