The Highways Licenses Building was evacuated Wednesday after a caller claimed there was a bomb inside.
No devices or suspicious packages were found in a building on the Washington State Capitol campus that was evacuated Wednesday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol.
A bomb squad searched the building “floor-by-floor” and the building has been declared safe, State Patrol Sgt. Darren Wright said during a media briefing Wednesday evening.
The Highways Licenses Building was evacuated after a caller to the building around 1:30 p.m. said there was a bomb inside, Wright said.
The building was evacuated and employees were sent home for the day.
Authorities planned to do a “very methodical” search of the building, Wright said at an earlier briefing Wednesday. “It’s a very long and tedious process,” Wright said.
“We’re going to make sure this building is completely safe and free of any devices,” Wright said.
The State Patrol urged people to avoid the area.
The building, located at 1125 Washington St. S.E., includes offices for staff in the Washington Office of the Attorney General and the state Department of Licensing, according to a map of the capitol campus.
Wright said he did not know whether the call was made to a specific office in the building.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Licensing told The Olympian the threat was made to the Attorney General’s Office. A spokesman for the Attorney General told The Seattle Times he had no information on the threat.
An alert sent at 3:23 p.m. said two parking garage stair towers, Plaza Garage stair towers 4 and 5 on the south side of the building, were also closed. Wright said employees would be able to retrieve their vehicles but could not enter the Highways Licenses Building.
Seattle Times staff reporter Joseph O’Sullivan contributed to this report.