The Washington State Patrol’s bomb squad determined that a “suspicious device” located in a car at the north end of the Edmonds Community College campus Thursday morning was benign and campus operations returned to normal, Lynnwood police said.
According to Lynnwood police spokesman Sgt. Sean Doty, detectives with the Mill Creek Police Department were doing a search of vehicle when they located the device, which according to Doty appeared to be “a small taped up bottle with a fuse.”
The WSP bomb squad was called in “out of an abundance of caution,” but after investigating the device determined it was harmless, Doty said. “Experts will have to examine it further to tell exactly what it was,” he added.
The vehicle was located in a parking lot near a horticultural warehouse in the 7000 block of 196th Street Southwest. The Clearview, Maltby and Olympic buildings all were evacuated during the incident, said college spokeswoman Marisa Pierce. While classes at the college started Sept. 19, those building are administrative buildings and no classes are held there, Pierce said.