Artists’ Art Street in San Francisco has been shut down by law enforcement after a man said he was going to detonate a bomb at the street.
The man told officers he was making a video for the “War on Terror” and that he would detonate an explosive device in the street if he wasn’t paid, police said.
The incident took place Tuesday at approximately 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Fourth Street.
The San Francisco Police Department’s Bomb Squad and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating.
A man, later identified as 25-year-old Carlos Antonio Sanchez, was arrested in the San Francisco area.
Sanchez has been charged with attempting to commit a terrorist act, making a false statement to police, and possessing a weapon of mass destruction.
He has been booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on $100,000 bail.
The street has since reopened.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement: “Our city and state will never tolerate the threat of terrorism.
The Art Street closed after the incident. “
I am also very thankful for the tireless work of law enforcement and the support of our community.”
The Art Street closed after the incident.
The Art & Design Project was scheduled to hold a public art installation Wednesday night.
A large crowd has gathered for the installation and it is expected to draw thousands of people.
“We’ve had some really good responses to this, but it’s definitely going to be a really good night,” said organizer Jennifer Stoddart.
“The reaction is just amazing.
We’re just hoping that the community responds to the art in a way that they’re comfortable with.”
San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Gonzalez said in an interview with CBS San Francisco that there was no threat to public safety and that police had conducted “very thorough” searches.
The City of San Francisco said on its website that the street was closed until further notice due to an “ongoing investigation” involving a potential threat.
“Due to ongoing investigation, the Art & Designer’s Project will be closed until July 4,” the city said.