Chelan Co. deputies respond to bomb threat in Leavenworth, investigation underway

Bomb threat

CHELAN CO., Wash. — The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit is investigating reports of a bomb threat in downtown Leavenworth on Tuesday. 

Deputies first responded to reports of the bomb in a garbage can on the 800 block of Front Street in downtown.

Cascade Medical Center was evacuated, according to Chelan County Emergency Management. Everyone else in the area was asked to shelter in place.

“While Cascade Medical’s Emergency Department is still open to see emergent cases, our staff are sheltering in place with lockdown procedures engaged,” the hospital said in a post to Facebook. “Thanks to all our area emergency personnel courageously working to secure the area.”

The WSP Bomb Technician Team was then called in to help. Snowy road conditions delayed that response, but the team was able to eventually search the area with the help of their canines.

As of Tuesday evening, seven Chelan Co. deputies and at least three Washington State Patrol troopers were on scene.

It is not clear if they found any sort of explosive device.

State Route 2 between Icicle Road and East Leavenworth Road were closed for officials. Both have reopened.

** BOMB THREAT ** in downtown Leavenworth. Evacuations taking place. Hospital is on lockdown. Follow all instructions…

Posted by Chelan County Emergency Management on Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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