Package found at elementary school an ‘explosive device’

SUQUAMISH — A suspicious package was found Thursday in the parking lot of Suquamish Elementary School, authorities reported.

A call came into the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office at 9:43 a.m. reporting a package with a fuse exposed, said Deputy Scott Wilson, the office’s public information officer.

The package was found by a school employee, who then called 9-1-1, said Jenn Markaryan, communications and community relations coordinator for the North Kitsap School District.

The building was cleared, and the FBI bomb squad collected the package. Suquamish police also responded. The park behind the school was closed to keep people away. The scene was cleared just afternoon.

Wilson said later he did not yet know precisely what was in the package.


At around 10:21 a.m. deputies responded to the call.

School staff advised the deputies and Suquamish police that they discovered the explosive device while cleaning up trash outside. One staff member reportedly brought the device into the school.

“If you come across something like this, leave it alone and call the cops,” Wilson said.

He added that the fuse was attached to a mortar inside of a Pringles chip can. There were also blast patterns near where it had been found, indicating other explosive devices had been set off.

Washington State Patrol reportedly dispatched one of its bomb squad members to take care of the device.