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Nothing found after bomb threat called into Olympia DOC building

Nothing found after bomb threat called into Olympia DOC building

A Washington State Patrol bomb squad responded to an phoned-in bomb threat at a Department of Corrections building Thursday but found no suspicious devices.
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A Washington State Patrol bomb squad responded to an phoned-in bomb threat at a Department of Corrections building Thursday but found no suspicious devices.

A Washington State Patrol bomb squad found no suspicious devices after a bomb threat was called into a Department of Corrections building in downtown Olympia on Thursday morning.

DOC staff received a phone call shortly before 8:30 a.m. from someone saying there was a bomb in the building on Eighth Avenue Southeast near Plum Street Southeast, according to Olympia police Lt. Paul Lower.

Police closed roads in the area and the building was evacuated as a precaution. Police and the bomb squad searched the building and did not find anything suspicious, Lower said.

Last year a series of bomb threats were made to state office buildings on the Capitol Campus. In October, State Patrol released information on a suspect tied to 18 threats.

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A State Patrol spokeswoman said so far there was no link between those incidents and Thursday’s threat.

“At this time there is no reason to believe there is any connection to the previous Capitol (Campus) bomb threats,” said Megan Saunders.

Abby Spegman joined The Olympian in 2017. She covers the city of Olympia and a little bit of everything else. She previously worked at newspapers in Oregon, New Hampshire and Hawaii.
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