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April 28, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Suspicious homemade light saber closes Seattle Transit Tunnel

UPDATE 5:00 P.M. | Upon further investigation, a homemade light saber was the suspicious device that closed the transit tunnel Sunday night, Seattle police said Monday afternoon.

Police said the device was made of a flashlight, plastic toy, duct tape, battery and some string, possibly in anticipation of a real Star Wars fanatic holiday: May 4th — as in “May the 4th be with you.”

According to the Seattle Police Department Blotter, “Closed this case is.”

UPDATE 10 a.m. | Seattle police say the one-hour Sunday night closure of the downtown bus tunnel came after the discovery about 11 p.m. of  a “suspicious device (that) appeared credible enough to warrant closing the tunnel.”

Without specifying what the item was, Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the department’s Arson-Bomb Squad was called to the scene in 1600 Block of 9th Avenue after the “device” was found.

“The device was rendered safe and removed from the tunnel,” Jamieson said.  Officers from Seattle and King County responded, and the tunnel was reopened shortly before midnight.

Police said patrols in the tunnel are being increased, and asked for the public’s assistance in spotting potentially suspicious activities and objects.

Seattle PD Arson Bomb Squad Sgt. Jim Hansen said, “We ask for continued vigilance in the wake of the Boston bombings.  Report things that are out of the ordinary and appear suspicious.  If you see something, say something.”

Previous post: The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious package inside the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel near the intersection of 9th Ave. and Olive Way. The tunnel has been closed and all busses have been rerouted. Train service continues to run through the tunnel. No further details available.

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