Though it may be nothing, it should be noted that an improvised explosive device has been found here in the homeland.
A San Francisco Starbucks is closed this afternoon after police defused a bomb placed in the bathroom.
Police received a call reporting a suspicious package at the coffee house, located at 1401 Van Ness Ave., at 1:15 p.m. The police explosives ordinance unit diffused an improvised explosive device, or IED, around 2 p.m., Sgt. Neville Gittens said.
Gittens said he could not comment on the size or type of device found or on its potential explosive capacity. A police investigation is ongoing.
A man working at Sushi Bar Wayo next door to Starbucks said police told him there was a pipe bomb in the coffee house and that he needed to evacuate his restaurant.
Ricardo Frias, a sales representative with Ellis Brooks Auto Center, located adjacent to the Starbucks, said a heavy police presence began at around 1 p.m. He said once the bomb squad arrived on scene an hour later, all auto center employees were directed to stand on the other side of the block-long store for about 30 minutes. He said he heard nothing when the IED was defused.
Islamist terror? Doubtful. Radical far-left terror? Slightly increased likelihood, though Starbucks, with their overrated and overpriced concoctions, seems to be the Mecca of the home-grown radical. McDonald’s would seem the likelier target.
Someday soon, Islamist terror will return to our shores. I just don’t think this was it.