Possible explosive device found to be not a threat

September 26, 2018
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Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Det. Steve Martin, who serves with the State Patrol’s bomb squad, takes X-ray images of a garbage can Monday morning outside the PeaceHealth clinic next to United General Medical Center in Sedro-Woolley. A device beeping inside the garbage can was found by clinic employees.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — A possible explosive device found Monday on the PeaceHealth medical campus in Sedro-Woolley was determined to be a security device that had been activated.

The device was found beeping in a garbage can about 9:45 a.m. Monday outside PeaceHealth United General Medical Center’s emergency room in the 2000 block of Hospital Drive, Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Lin Tucker said.

A State Patrol bomb squad from Everett arrived at the scene about 11:30 a.m. and determined the device was not a threat.

For about two hours, the emergency room remained operational, though it was locked down and parts of it had been evacuated, Tucker said.

The nearby doctors offices were evacuated, and ambulances were diverted to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office aerial unit deployed a drone over the area while the incident was being investigated.

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