Seattle Police have investigated what appeared to be a suspicious backpack left near a parked police car in front of the Police Department’s East Precinct on Sunday afternoon. Around noon, the police department indicated on twitter that it had closed the arterial of 12th Ave in the city’s Capital Hill neighborhood while it investigated the backpack.
This latest incident comes as the nation is on alert in response to what appears to be an ISIS inspired stabbing attack in Minnesota Saturday afternoon, an explosion at a Marine Corps race in Seaside Park New Jersey, followed by another bombing in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan Saturday night, as well as another pressure cooker found in a plastic bag with wires, duck tape, and a cell phone attached just blocks away from the first Chelsea Bombing.
Video on Facebook filmed by Seattle Resident Chris Nichols shows Seattle Police using a police robot to investigate the suspicious package, followed by an officer moving in to open the backpack and investigate it’s contents.
There have been no indications yet from Seattle Police as to what the backpack actually contained, although the video appears to indicate that the backpack did not contain any kind of explosive device.
Seattle Police indicated on twitter that “the situation along 12th is beginning to wrap up. Thanks to everyone for the patience while we investigated. Roads should reopen shortly.”