AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- Authorities said a suspicious device that caused a brief lockdown at the Airway Heights Wal-Mart turned out to be a tube with rolled-up registration papers from a semi truck.
A customer found the device outside the store at 1221 South Hayford around 10:15 am. Airway Heights Police roped off a portion of the parking lot and called in an explosives disposal team.
The device was described as a 10" long metal pipe with end caps screwed on.
Police said the semi truck driver the papers belonged to will be contacted but not likely cited.
A nearby Carls Jr. restaurant and a Taco Bell drive thru were closed during the scare. Customers at the Wal-Mart were also prevented from leaving for a short time while the explosives team removed the device.
All businesses re-opened around noon.