Edmonds police closed off an area in the 21600 block of Highway 99 early Monday morning as they responded to reports of a possible explosive device.
According to Edmonds Police spokesperson Cmdr. Josh McClure, police were dispatched shortly before 8 a.m. in response to a911 call that reported a suspicious device along a fence line near an oxygen tank associated with a medical facility. Upon arriving, police cleared and evacuated a 500-foot perimeter around the suspected device and contacted the Regional Interagency Bomb Squad.
Bomb technicians along with FBI representatives arrived on the scene shortly after 9 a.m. The bomb squad deployed a robot and drone to help identify the device, and quickly determined that it was a small motor that had been placed in a box next to the gas tanks.
As of 10:45 a.m., the response units departed and the area was cleared.
— By Larry Vogel