Suspicious Package Causes Leavenworth Safeway Evacuation

February 20, 2010


"font-size: 14pt">A bomb scare caused the evacuation of the Leavenworth Safeway and parking lot Saturday

afternoon. Sgt. Chris Foreman with the Chelan County Sherriff’s Office says employees found a suspicious

package in their break room and called police at 1:45pm.

style="font-size: 14pt">       The package is described as a box with wires and

moving parts. Sheriff’s deputies contacted experts at the Yakima Police Training Center, and based on the

description of the package the decision was made to send a bomb squad to investigate.

"margin: 0in 0in 0pt">       The Safeway and its

parking lot were evacuated as a safety precaution. The Yakima team will X-ray the package and treat it as an

improvised explosive device and dispose of it as deemed fit. It is unknown what the device is at this time, and

the Safeway remains under evacuation.


"margin: 0in 0in 0pt">**UPDATE** The Yakima Bomb Team determined the device

contained no explosives. It was made to look like a bomb, but contained no actual explosive material. The package

is being held as evidence.

**UPDATE** Authorities have

determined the package contained a control unit for a Christmas light display. It was not a bomb. The Safeway was

reopened at about 5pm Saturday.




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