Too-tall vehicle clips sprinkler head, sets off alarm and evacuation

BREMERTON — A lapse in judgment caused a momentary panic at the Bremerton Convention Center at Harborside at about noon Dec. 19, with fire department personnel and equipment arriving just minutes after the alarm sounded.

At 12:01 p.m., a truck entered the north entrance to the convention center’s underground main parking garage. Bremerton Fire Battalion Chief David Moen explained that a moment after the driver entered, the vehicle he was driving clipped and removed a sprinkler head.

“His truck was just too tall,” Moen said.

That set off the fire alarm, and an engine/ladder went to the scene with a command vehicle. By the time firefighters arrived five minutes later, convention center employees were calmly but briskly streaming out into the dank weather.

Within two minutes of arrival, fire personnel declared the event a non-emergency.

As of 12:15 p.m., the convention center remained closed.