SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane bomb squad deployed to investigate a suspicious package strapped to the Don Kardong Bridge. They discovered it was a suitcase full of clothes.
Spokane Police Sergeant Jason Hartman said they received a call around 10 a.m. about a package strapped to the bridge, which is a pedestrian corridor that spans the Spokane River and links the downtown Washington State University campus with Gonzaga University.
Police marshaled on the WSU Spokane campus on the south side of the bridge and are deploying the bomb squad's robot to check out the package. They also set up a cordon around the bridge and moved people out of the immediate vicinity as a precaution.
Sergeant Hartman said the police response was "standard protocol" for this type of situation. No major thoroughfares have been shut down except for the foot bridge, Hartman added.
Gonzaga University, located on the north side of the bridge, did not send out a ZagAlert to the campus; a university spokesperson said that they do not feel there is an "imminent threat to life."
The bomb squad sent a robot in to check out the package and then followed up with a bomb squad technician. Authorities determined the package was a suitcase full of clothes.