Update at 12:45 p.m.: The search for explosive devices at the Seattle Center Armory building is over and the building is again open to the public, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Detectives are still investigating the incident but police say they will book the 16-year-old suspect into the King County Youth Service Center for possession of an incendiary device.
Update at 11:15 a.m.: Police are searching the Seattle Center Armory as a precaution after a teenager brought a Molotov cocktail in a backpack to a high school located in the building.
The 16-year-old and the explosive device are in police custody, said Detective Drew Fowler of the Seattle Police Department. The teen is a student at The Center School, a public, arts-focused high school at Seattle Center.
Classes at the school are canceled for the day, school district spokeswoman Stacy Howard said.
Police believe the student was acting alone and that there are no other explosives in the building, Fowler said. The student made no specific threat to any teacher or person and it’s unclear what the student intended to do with the explosive, he said.
“We are considering the scene here safe and under control,” he said.
Nathon Hampton, 18, was in an art class on the fourth floor of the Armory when fire alarms went off. His teacher told the class to leave the building.
“Everybody was calm,” Hampton said.
They had all done fire drills before, he said, so Hampton and his classmates at the Academy for Interactive Entertainment – a video gaming school also located in the Armory – grabbed their backpacks and walked downstairs.
Students waited in a parking lot outside for about an hour before classes were called off.
Jeff Coleman, 31, smoked a cigarette outside as he waited to find out why he had been evacuated from The Skillet Counter, a restaurant where he works inside the Armory. He said he was opening the restaurant in preparation for a lunch rush when he heard fire alarms.
“I just figured it was a fire drill,” Coleman said. “People just casually evacuated.”
As of 11 a.m., police blocked entrances to the Armory as bomb squads and dogs searched the building. By 11:30 a.m., the building had been cleared but not reopened.
Update at 10:29 a.m.: Seattle police arrested the 16-year-old after getting a tip the student had brought the Molotov cocktail to the school. No other suspects are being sought, police said.
The school was evacuated as a precaution.
Original post: Seattle police say a 16-year-old boy has been arrested after bringing an explosive device to Center School.
Details are scarce. The school at 305 Harrison St. is being evacuated as a precaution, according to police.
“A 16-year-old has been arrested for bringing a Molotov cocktail there are no injuries. The building has been evacuated,” said school district spokeswoman Stacy Howard.
Howard said the Center School is a high school located at Seattle Center.