Spokane Police Department Press Release:
Spokane Police and the Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) responded to a report of a pipe bomb in north Spokane this morning. After cordoning off the area and investigating the scene, EDU technicians rendered the device safe and determined that it was not a bomb but rather a drug paraphernalia device associated with marijuana. SPD encourages citizens to report all suspicious devices so that officers/bomb technicians can investigate and ensure the safety of citizens.
At 10:07am, a citizen called to report what looked like a "pipe bomb" in the alley behind 112 E. Wellesley. EDU technicians responded to the scene and cordoned off the area. After evaluating the device, EDU technicians rendered the device safe and determined that the object was not a pipe bomb but rather a piece of drug paraphernalia associated with marijuana.
Spokane Police appreciate tips and remind citizens that if they "see something, say something" and officers/technicians will investigate the scene and ensure that citizens are safe.
UPDATE: Authorities tell our Dave Somers that they don't know if the device was a bomb, but following procedure they rendered the device safe. At this hour it's not clear who put the device there but police are investigating. If we get a press release we'll post it ASAP.
UPDATE: Authorities are telling us that it was a PVC pipe that was leaning up against a building...we're awaiting more details.
UPDATE: The bomb squad has arrived on the scene. Right now we're awaiting more details.
BREAKING NEWS: The bomb squad is on its way to a suspicious device in the area of Mayfair & Wellesley. Mayfair is blocked at Hoffman. We have a crew on the scene gathering you details. Standby for more information.