Suspicious device turns out to be a 'sparkler bomb'



Posted on February 21, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 21 at 10:52 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane police evacuated an apartment building Sunday after a report of a suspicious device.

Officers described the device as a “sparkler bomb” after investigating the package in a parking lot near Sinto and Lincoln.

A woman had called police to the location around 9:30 P.M. but the woman had actually found the device several hours earlier across town.

Spokane Police said she found it on the window sill of her Hillyard home before 2 P.M. Sunday then brought it to her boyfriend’s apartment.

The woman and her boyfriend became worried, took the device to a parking lot, and contacted authorities.

When the bomb squad arrived, police evacuated the east side of the apartment building and closed surrounding streets as a precaution.

Police eventually determined the device was sparklers, described to be eight to ten inches long, wrapped in duct tape, with a fuse attached.

Officers said the bomb had gone off at some point, but the fuse was spent when they found it.  The woman said the fuse was spent when she found it as well.  Investigators said the bomb was capable of causing some damage.

Shortly after, everyone was let back into the apartment building and no injuries were reported.

It is the seventh suspicious device reported this year in the Inland Northwest.