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Remark causes Edmonds WA ferry terminal evacuation

Associated Press - May 10, 2008 6:05 PM ET

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) - The state ferry terminal at Edmonds was evacuated and two sailings on the run to Kingston were suspended for one hour after a ferry passenger was overheard making a remark about a bomb.

Sgt. Craig Nelson says the ferry was being loaded for a sailing to Kingston on Saturday morning for the 11:30 a.m. run when one drive-aboard passenger was heard saying to a friend, "Let's put the bomb in the trunk."

The person who overheard the remark reported it to an Edmonds policeman who was doing traffic control, who told the State Patrol.

Nelson says the passenger who made the remark and his friend were interviewed by Edmonds police.

The passengers told officers they did not have a bomb in their vehicle, and the remark was made in jest. But, as a precaution, the ferry was evacuated by the State Patrol, the terminal evacuated and a search for a bomb with a bomb-sniffing State Patrol dog was conducted. No bomb was found.

Edmonds police say a 30-year-old Seattle man was taken into custody on outstanding warrants. It says the State Patrol will be investigating and pursing the possibility of criminal charges related to the remark that caused the ferry investigation.

Nelson says the Edmonds-Kingston ferry runs resumed at 12:30 p.m.

Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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