Center City security checkpoint closed due to crowds

The security checkpoint at 15th and Chestnut streets was briefly closed Saturday evening as authorities dealt with an influx of people in Center City for Pope Francis' appearances.

The event area just past the 15th and Chestnut checkpoint reached capacity around 5:30 p.m., and no more people could pass through at that point without raising a security issue, Philadelphia police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.

"Law enforcement at that checkpoint simply guided folks to the next checkpoint a block away at 15th and Chestnut," Little said.

The checkpoint reopened within 30 minutes. No other intersections were affected by the closure.

Pope Francis gave a speech at Independence Mall around 4:30 p.m., then looped around the city with his motorcade before making his way to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the Festival of Families.