Police safely disrupt suspicious backpack

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 18 at 9:45 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. – The FBI and Spokane Police Department investigated a suspicious backpack found Monday morning at the corner of Main and Washington in downtown Spokane.  The FBI called it a “device of concern," after it was thought to possibly contain explosives.

A witness found the backpack around 9:30 A.M. and called police.  The witness told KREM 2 News the backpack appeared to have wires sticking out of it.

Police secured a safety zone around the device when they arrived on scene.  Spokane City-County Explosives Disposal Unit used a robot to set off a charge on the bag to disrupt the device.

Roads remained closed in the area most of the day while authorities continued their investigation.

The incident forced the organizers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade to change the route of the march.

No word yet whether the suspicious backpack actually contained explosives.

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