Pasco police warn citizens to evacutate over bomb scare
PASCO, Wash. — A street in downtown Pasco was blocked off for more than two hours Thursday night because of a bomb scare in the area. It turned out to be a false alarm.
A concerned citizen reported a backpack with wires coming out of it on a bench near the American Legion Building. Police responded to the scene at about 9 p.m. followed by members of the local bomb squad.
Sylvester Street was shut down between 10th Avenue and 14th Avenue. Officers walked door-to-door informing local residents and businesses of the potentially hazardous situation. Some evacuated as they were advised, but evacuation was not mandatory.
A bomb squad robot determined that the wires coming out of the backpack were not actually connected to any device. Police are now looking for the owner of the backpack to find out if it was a hoax or just a random set of items.
“Periodically mystery items are left in public spaces,” said Sgt. Dave Allen. “With recent public bombings you have to err on the side of caution and treat it as a potential danger.”
The street was cleared around 11:30 p.m.