The Washington State Patrol headquarters in Parkland were evacuated early Wednesday after a suspicious item was found in the lobby.
The item — a foam pumpkin with “something sticking out of the top” — turned out to be non-threatening, trooper Todd Bartolac said.
A bomb squad was called to investigate the package and people were asked to avoid the building at 2502 112th St. E.
By 9:30 a.m., the dispatch center had been moved to a “safe location” and continued to answer 911 calls, Bartolac said.
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More than 50 employees from the crime lab and other divisions left the building as well.
Investigators were able to X-ray the pumpkin from a distance and determine nothing inside could be detonated, and the building was reopened, Bartolac said.
“It turned out to be a precautionary thing,” he said.
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