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Car bomb scare at BMW dealer shuts down Pike

Streets around the 700 block of Pike were closed this afternoon for an hour while the Seattle Police Department’s arson and bomb squad investigated a possible explosive device in a car. The car’s owner, worried that a suspicious device in his car might be a bomb, brought the vehicle to the BMW dealership on Pike. According to the Seattle Police Department, worried staffed called SPD and a bomb squad was dispatched. The bomb squad working with staff from the dealership determined that the suspicious element was “legitimate mechanical equipment.”


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Taylor
Taylor
14 years ago

and it was a bit disconcerting that they roped off all the areas around us. The officer we asked said there was a crazy person on the loose, but everyone seemed pretty nonchalant about it.

Matt Goyer
Matt Goyer
14 years ago

I was checking out an open house from 4:45 to 5:30. There was a shocking number of police with large guns. I didn’t want to get to close… Here’s a photo from around 4:45: http://mattgoyer.smugmug.com/photos/423263158_QpJUz-XL.jpg

When I left the open house at 5:30 they came over right away and wanted us to go back inside or leave the vicinity immediately.

jseattle
jseattle
14 years ago

o SPD was first contacted around 3:30p
o The car owner was questioned, released and not charged with anything.

Additional info from me:
o This is a crazy story.

Thanks for the picture Matt