Pop bottle bomb briefly closes Highway 99
Last updated 10/15/2020 at 8:51am
An unattended plastic pop bottle, mixed with ingredients taken from bomb-making information pulled from the internet, exploded and briefly shut down Highway 99 on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Edmonds police say nobody was injured, and no damage was found to property after remnants from the crude explosive device were discovered in a parking lot near 236th Street SW and Highway 99.
Officers responded to the area at 1:15 p.m. after an employee at a nearby business heard an explosion and saw smoke, said Sgt. Josh McClure. They found debris from the exploded device in the parking lot of businesses on the east side of the highway.
While there were no initial reports of injuries or property damage, officers cordoned off the area, shut down nearby roads, and requested a bomb squad to respond to assist in checking for additional devices.
With assistance from the Washington State Patrol and the Everett Police Department, the area was determined to be safe, McClure said.
Officers were able to locate additional witnesses, who identified a possible suspect. They received information that similar incidents occurred a couple of times over the past few days.
Officers collected evidence from the scene but did not find any additional materials that would suggest the item was intended to do greater harm, McClure said.
The suspect, a 33-year-old Edmonds resident, was contacted and admitted to leaving the device in the parking lot. He was cooperative and apologetic for his actions, McClure said.
The suspect was not arrested at the scene, but a charge of abandonment of explosives, a gross misdemeanor, will be forwarded to the Edmonds city prosecutor.