Third suspicious device reported in Moscow; Spokane bomb squad deployed for third time in a week

May 7, 2019

A Spokane bomb squad was dispatched to Moscow on Tuesday afternoon after a suspicious device was found near a hospital and a Baptist church.

It was the third such incident in the past week. An improvised explosive was discovered May 1 in a mobile home in Moscow, and another device resembling a pipe bomb was found Sunday morning in a city park in Pullman.

The Moscow Police Department said officers and fire department personnel were called to the 800 block of South Jefferson Street at 12:11 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a device “that may potentially be an explosive.”

The Whitepine Baptist Church occupies that block, and Gritman Medical Center is about one block to the east.

The Spokane Explosive Disposal Unit was dispatched at about 12:30 p.m.

Also in Pullman, police are working to identify an arsonist who set fire to a laser tag arena early Sunday. It’s unclear if that incident is related to the improvised explosives.

This story is developing.