CLEARED: Police explosive experts investigating suitcase in downtown Tacoma

Staff writerDecember 18, 2013 

UDPATE as of 4:30 p.m. The device was not explosive, and the area as been cleared, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

INITIAL POST: Police closed Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma on Wednesday between South 25th and 26th streets as explosive experts investigate a suitcase found there, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said just before 4 p.m.

A passerby called police about 2:45 p.m. to report the large suitcase by the Sounder Train trestle there, Cool said.

The department's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team would likely use a water canon to disturb the suitcase to make sure it's safe, she said.

Buses and trains will be kept out of the area until police have finished investigating, she said.

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