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Firebomb Defused at Othello Bank, Streets Reopened

KOMO (RVP News partner)

OTHELLO – Streets have reopened and light rail service has resumed near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Othello Street after police defused an incendiary device at a bank near there.

The device was spotted Friday at about 6:35 a.m. by a customer at a Chase Bank branch in the 7100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.

The customer, Ericson Gonzales, told KOMO News that he and his wife went to use a cash machine at the bank and spotted a box with two bottles taped together with wires in the foyer of the bank, under an ATM.

Gonzales said the device looked dangerous.

“I’m scared for my wife’s safety,” he said.

Gonzales said he flagged down police, who went to the scene and immediately closed streets and shut down light rail service in the area. People were evacuated and police tape was placed around the area.

A bomb squad determined that the device appeared to be intended to set a fire at the bank, but it failed to ignite. Officers defused the device and rendered it harmless, said Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.

Traffic was re-routed around the area and the Othello light rail station was closed for about three hours while the bomb squad investigated. Streets were reopened and light rail service resumed after the bomb was defused.

Whitcomb says the investigation into the incident is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to the Seattle police Arson Bomb Squad Office at (206) 684-8980.

9 comments on “Firebomb Defused at Othello Bank, Streets Reopened

  1. Wow, I’m glad I made it in to work this morning, I had to be here early so I left the RB light rail station at about 6:15. Another 15 minutes or so and it would have been a mess.

    Thumbs down to Metro, which apparently just punted people off the light rail at RB station and didn’t help anyone figure out what was going on or how to route around the problem.

  2. @Carol
    I think it should be thumbs down to Sound Transit, they are the ones that run the light rail. Metro runs the busses

    I heard about them kicking people off the train last year at around 1 in the morning with no warning at the Mt. Baker Station althought they were supposed to run for like another 45 minutes or so.

  3. Nice work. I was listening to helicopters this morning as my kids took off on their bus to Aki Kurose Middle School. I couldnt imagine that they could be in danger in route to school yet I did wonder what was going on. Im so glad all ended well. Now we just have to catch the crazies.

  4. Well that is certainly a different crime. Almost refreshing.

    The Rainier Valley…Now with pipe bombs!

  5. CBO: I hope that gets “Comment of the Week” — I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time!

  6. This is my friendly Chase branch and I use the ATM. There are several cameras where the ATM is located and a Chase card is needed to gain entry after hours. Not sure if this was an Occupy Wallstreet stunt or something more sinister.

  7. I second the vote for cob s comment of the week!
    It makes my neighborhood feel almost romantic!
    ..although driving on othello frightened me this morning….I was convinced that at least 5 people were dead with the number of police around.

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