Island County, WA – The Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a suspicious box left at an Island Transit bus stop located off of Main Street and Lotto Drive in Freeland around 6:45 a.m. on the morning of August 8th, 2018.
According to a press release from the Island County Sheriff’s Office, the location of the package was in proximity to several fuel pumps at a business in the area and out of an abundance of caution for public safety, the Washington State Patrol bomb squad was called in to check the box for possible explosives. During the investigation, roads in the area were closed between East Harbor Road and Main Street and Lotto Avenue and Main Street.
An investigation into the incident determined the box was seen the previous evening and checked by a transit driver. It was determined that the box contained a pair of work boots and once the contents of the box had been confirmed, area roads were reopened.
The Island County Sheriff’s Office wrote “We would like to apologize to the citizens and the local businesses in the area that were affected by the road closure, it is an unfortunate byproduct of the times we live in that we must take steps like this, but public safety is our first and foremost concern.”