LEAVENWORTH — The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office ordered downtown Leavenworth evacuated Tuesday night after a male caller told a 911 dispatcher that he had placed an explosive device in a garbage can.
At 2:25 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook that the area was safe.
“The areas of downtown Leavenworth have been searched and cleared by the WSP Bomb Team and the FBI K9 Team,” officials said. “It is now safe to travel through Leavenworth as Highway 2 is now open.”
KOMO-TV reports the unidentified caller made the threat shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, prompting officials to mount a massive search for the device the caller said was placed in a trash receptacle on Front Street. Officers escorted people out of the area, the sheriff’s office said.
No injuries have been reported. Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers closed several roads in the area, including State Route 2 between Icicle and East Leavenworth roads. Drivers were urged to avoid the area.
Law-enforcement officers kept bystanders away from the area and the State Patrol called in its bomb-tech team to help search for a possible explosive.
Shortly after 9 p.m., Cascade Medical Center posted on Facebook that its emergency department was still admitting patients in need of immediate medical help but staffers were also sheltering in place, and lockdown procedures have been implemented.
The sheriff’s office launched an effort to find the caller who made the threat. It came less than a week after a man detonated a blast in downtown Nashville, an explosion that leveled a city block on Christmas Day.