BREMERTON — The suspicious package found outside Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at 11:45 a.m. was determined to not include explosive material, according to an update sent by Naval Base Kitsap Public Affairs Officer Jake Chappelle at 3:35 p.m.
However, Chappelle wrote, “Navy fire and emergency services is (still) examining it for hazardous materials,” so the contents of the package remain unknown at this time.
“The safety of our people is our top priority and we are committed to providing them with the safest working environment,” said Capt. Alan Schrader, NBK commanding officer. “We have experts investigating the situation with the confidence to minimize the chances of similar actions against our people and equipment.”
Navy security forces and local law enforcement continue to secure the area.
The Port Orchard and Annapolis foot ferries are back on normal service, Kitsap Transit announced after the report. The transit agency also is resuming fast-ferry service with the 3:55 p.m. sailing out of Seattle.
The Washington State Ferries will resume normal schedules starting with the 4:15 p.m. sailing out of Bremerton. Also, Kitsap Transit buses have been cleared to resume operating out of the Bremerton Transportation Center.