A dinner tonight with Microsoft’s general counsel was interesting, but it got really exciting when I walked out of the Hotel Andra into a police scene where a suspicious package was being handled by Seattle’s bomb squad.
It turned out the package was a suitcase left in front of the Warwick Hotel at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Lenora Street. A roughly two block radius around the suitcase was blocked off with about a dozen police cars.
Why did the bomb squad roll for a suitcase left outside a hotel?
“It looked suspicious so somebody called it out,” Seattle Police Lt. Greg Calder told me as he packed up the squad’s gear.
During the dinner with a handful of reporters, Microsoft’s Brad Smith talked about the company’s efforts to improve the state’s transportation and education systems and said its working to better integrate its public policy and philanthropic efforts.
Here are a few pictures of the scene outside, including an officer (in the distance) opening the suitcase:
The squad right after the “defusing”:
The no-longer-suspicious suitcase: