Only Crime in Everett Bomb Scare May Be Littering

September 11, 2013

Everett, Police Blotter

Thursday Update 2:45pm: Everett Police issued a brief update saying it was a rice cooker and not a pressure cooker.

Everett Police crime scene tape

If you know who dumped the pressure cooker, please call the Everett Police Tip Line at 425-257-8450

Editor’s Note: 4:00pm Just received an update to the Everett Police Press Release below that it was a customer who called 9-1-1 and not a clerk. The update also says there is no video or vehicle description at this time. LD

It was quite a scene at the Fred Meyer gas station at 132nd and the Bothell Everett Highway this morning. According to Everett Police, a customer at the station called 9-1-1 to report someone had dropped off a suspicious item in front of one of the gas pumps on the east side of the Fred Meyer store. Arriving officers saw the item appeared to be a pressure cooker. The area was cordoned off and the bomb squad was called out to investigate. Agents from the FBI and the ATF also stopped by the scene. Bomb techs made the item safe and were able to determine that is was a pressure cooker but was empty and did not contain any explosive device. Everett Police Spokesman Aaron Snell says Everett Police are still investigating the incident and very much want to talk with the person who dumped the pressure cooker. Snell tells that at this point there are no indications that a specific threat was made. Due to the fact that this is the anniversary of terrorist attacks on 9-11-2001 and pressure cookers were turned into explosive devices in the Boston Marathon bombings, Everett Police are trying to determine exactly why someone did this. So far they still have more questions than answers. If you know of anything you are asked to call the Everett Police Tip Line at 425-257-8450. Here is the official Everett Press release on the incident so far…

A pressure cooker was detonated and rendered safe at an Everett gas station by the Bomb Unit.

Just before 5:45 a.m. on September 11, 2013, a vehicle drove up to a Fred Meyer gas pump (12906 Bothell-Everett Highway), opened the door and placed a pressure cooker on the ground before driving away. An employee saw the activity and called 911. When Everett Police responded they observed the pressure cooker, cordoned off the area and called for the Multiagency Bomb Unit. At about 8:00 a.m. the Bomb Unit conducted a render safe procedure utilizing specialized bomb equipment.

With the area secure, bomb technicians determined the pressure cooker contained no explosive or detonation devices and had been placed in a public area to instill fear and alarm due to the date and as a replication of the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Everett Police will continue the investigation by interviewing potential witnesses and reviewing surveillance video.

During the incident both north and southbound traffic on the Bothell-Everett Highway was stopped for about 10 minutes in the 13200 block. At this time the roadway and all businesses are open.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911 or the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at (425) 257-8450.

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