NW bomb squads busy with suspicious package scares

NW bomb squads busy with suspicious package scares
A bomb squad responds to a report of a suspicious package outside the U.S. Forest Service in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. on April 17, 2013. (Photo courtesy: Chris Nelson)
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. -- With residents on edge after the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday, local law enforcement agencies have been busy responding to a number of suspicious package reports across the Puget Sound region.

In Seattle, police were called to the 3200 block of S. Utah Street around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after an unattended suitcase was discovered in front of a business. The city's bomb squad went to take a look and determined it was harmless.

Later Wednesday morning, another suspicious package was reported outside the Mt. Baker Ranger District office of the U.S. Forest Service in Sedro-Woolley.

Police blocked off the area around the building until a bomb squad could check it out. After blasting the package with a water cannon, they determined it had contained nothing but pamphlets that said "Welcome to Skagit County" and "I love Skagit County" and the all clear was given. Apparently several boxes of similar pamphlets had been delivered around the county Wednesday.

Over in Kitsap County, a suspicious package was reported at the Bremerton Naval Station outside the Wyckoff Gate. Military officials were working to determine its contents.

The three events Wednesday follow another suspicious package reported in Downtown Seattle outside a transit station on Tuesday. Police blocked off the streets near Third and Yesler for a little more than a hour as bomb squad checked out the black backpack, which was later determined to just hold a hair dryer.

Police are still asking residents remain vigilant and to call 911 if they find anything they consider suspicious.