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Bomb squad investigates suspicious suitcase at Federal Way post office

At 1:48 p.m. Tuesday, Federal Way police received a call of an old suitcase leaning against wall of U.S. Post Office, 32829 Pacific Highway S. About an hour and a half later, the police sent the bomb squad as a precautionary measure. The building was evacuated. - Jacinda Howard, The Mirror
At 1:48 p.m. Tuesday, Federal Way police received a call of an old suitcase leaning against wall of U.S. Post Office, 32829 Pacific Highway S. About an hour and a half later, the police sent the bomb squad as a precautionary measure. The building was evacuated.
— image credit: Jacinda Howard, The Mirror

After an investigation by the police department's bomb squad, a suspicious suitcase in Federal Way turned out to be "a big nothing."

At 1:48 p.m. Tuesday, Federal Way police received a call about an old suitcase leaning against a wall at the U.S. Post Office, 32829 Pacific Highway S. About an hour and a half later, police sent the bomb squad as a precautionary measure. The building was evacuated and the suitcase was investigated.

An officer in protective gear X-rayed the suitcase. When no wires or other suspicious things were viewed in the film, the bomb team decided a mechanical robot was not needed to destroy the suitcase. A uniformed officer retrieved the item. Both the post office and Grocery Outlet were open for business again around 4:40 p.m.

"It's a big nothing," said Cmdr. Kyle Sumpter, reporting the findings of the bomb squad. "It is just a suitcase left behind by somebody. They're clearing the area."

Mirror reporter Jacinda Howard contributed to this report.

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