Ferry service to Lopez Island was suspended for about six hours yesterday after workers found what appeared to be undetonated blasting materials near the access road to the ferry...
Ferry service to Lopez Island was suspended for about six hours yesterday after workers found what appeared to be undetonated blasting materials near the access road to the ferry terminal.
The incident began around 11 a.m., when a worker using a backhoe found wires sticking out of six holes in the ground, according to Trooper Lance Ramsay, a State Patrol spokesman.
Bomb technicians determined the wires were connected to some sort of explosive device — and it appeared they were still live.
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It was determined that they had been used to widen the road leading to the terminal more than 20 years ago, Ramsay said.
By late afternoon, the State Patrol had decided to blow up the devices.
“There wasn’t much of a bang, and we are now back in service,” said Susan Harris-Huether, a spokeswoman for Washington State Ferries.
Service resumed at 5:15 p.m. Service to other islands had not been affected.