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Suspect package blown up at Chinese Consulate

January 18, 2009

Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The San Francisco bomb squad blew up a suspicious package with batteries and wires that had been discovered Friday in the garage of the Chinese Consulate, police said.
The package was found at 5 p.m. at Geary Boulevard near Laguna Street and demolished about three hours later. Police did not say if the package was a bomb.
"The package was rendered safe," said police Sgt. Wilfred Williams, adding that investigators had yet to determine what was inside.
Consulate employees opened the bag as they were carrying it to the front of the building, saw the batteries and wires inside, then called police.
The Chinese Consulate has been a frequent target for protests. In August, two pro-Tibet protesters were arrested after climbing to the top of the consulate and conducting a mock hanging as the Beijing Olympics were set to open. On that occasion, one of the protesters fell two stories onto a balcony.
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