Police find no explosive at Spokane Co. Democrats office, despite earlier bomb threat

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Police say the device carried by a man into the Teamsters building on Wednesday morning was not explosive, despite his alleged bomb threats.

According to police, a man walked into the building on N. Division St wearing a backpack with wires sticking out of it. The man threatened to “blow the place up,” police said, and held an employee hostage for a short time.

Police say the man eventually left the building and was taken into custody. When he came out, he was not wearing the backpack and smoke could be seen coming from one of the offices. An investigation determined the smoke came from a small fire, which police say the man sparked.

Division St. from Montgomery Ave. to Mission Ave. closed for most of Wednesday as Spokane Police and Bob Squad members responded to the scene.

People were evacuated from the building, as well as those from neighboring buildings as a precaution.

The investigation is ongoing.