Saturday, January 28, 2006

Bomb threat Temporarily Shuts Down Seattle's Colman Dock

A bomb threat Friday evening led to a two-hour shutdown of Colman Dock, the main ferry terminal on the Seattle waterfront. No bomb was found. The telephoned threat to a 911 operator was made just as the ferry Kaleetan was preparing to leave for Bremerton at 6:45 p.m., Washington State Ferries spokeswoman Susan Harris said. All ferry service from Colman Dock was suspended, including boats to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island, before the all clear was given about 9 p.m., she said. Boats to Bremerton and Bainbridge left a few minutes later.
Washington State Ferry Kaleetan
After the threat was made, passengers and cars were unloaded from the Kaleetan, and the entire dock area was evacuated, Harris said. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in and vehicles were screened as they left the dock, State Patrol Sgt. Monica Hunter said. Hunter said nothing dangerous was found, but vehicles were also being screened as they returned to the dock. She said the threat was made against the Kaleetan but she did not have other details on what the caller said. During the shutdown, a ferry that was en route to Seattle from Bremerton was diverted to Fauntleroy in West Seattle, and a ferry from Bainbridge was diverted to Edmonds, north of Seattle.

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