KINGSTON – Police shut down the Kingston ferry terminal and investigated a suspicious package found in the area Wednesday evening. Ferry service was halted for a time but resumed after police eventually cleared the package.
Shortly after 9 p.m. the Washington State Patrol Homeland Security Division posted on Twitter that the package had been deemed safe and had been determined by bomb technicians to be “some sort of refrigeration compressor.”
“Investigation will continue as to how/why package was left,” the division said, noting that the terminal would resume normal operations.
Vehicle and foot traffic were blocked after an initial report was received by authorities at 5:20 p.m., said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Gill Vandenkooy earlier in the evening, describing an object being investigated as appearing to be a black or dark-colored pressure cooker, or similar cooking device, inside a cardboard box on a bench near a ticket booth.
Bomb technicians were brought to the scene and ferry service was paused as the Spokane, the only vessel on the Kingston-Edmonds run, was held in Edmonds.
@wsferries employees were notified of a suspicious box near the terminal’s auto seller booths at approximately 1720 hours. A perimeter has been established and WSP Bomb Squad and WSP K-9 units are at the scene and working to assess the package. https://t.co/h2y5Ln0nAU
— Washington State Patrol Homeland Security Division (@WSPHSD) December 16, 2021
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