Nothing Stops Walmart Shoppers .. Even a Bomb Scare

Update: At 7:30 p.m., I spoke with a representative of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s office, who said bomb squad personnel had determined the device in question below was a “paintball grenade” real enough to have caused folks with explosives training to err on the side of caution.

I just submitted the item below for our Code 911 file regarding an incident in South Kitsap. Check back later to find out if it was a real grenade, a replica or what.

One interesting aspect of this story, at least to me, is that, according to Lt. John Sprague of the Sheriff’s office, shoppers went about their business quite unruffled by the presence of the Washington State Patrol bomb squad. Maybe there’s hope for the economy yet.

SOUTH KITSAP
Sheriffs Officers Respond to Bomb Threat at Walmart
Kitsap County Sheriff’s officers and the Washington State Patrol bomb squad responded to a report Tuesday afternoon that an unidentified object under a car in the Port Orchard Walmart parking lot could be an explosive device.
The store is located in the 3400 block of Bethel Avenue.
A shopper, who is a retired Marine, noticed the item under the bumper of a blue four-door compact shortly after 3 p.m. and called 911, said Lt. John Sprague of the Sheriff’s office.
“He looked down, and something caught his eye,” said Sprague. “It looked like a small explosive device. It looked like a hand-grenade.”
Sheriff’s officers cordoned off an area that took up roughly four rows of parked cars, and bomb squad personnel used a robot to remove the device to a bomb-proof trailer, said Sprague. They drove the trailer to an undisclosed location to analyze it. A report is expected later this evening.
The store remained open during the procedure, but the front doors were closed, and shoppers were directed to a side entrance, said Sprague.
A security tape shows the object in the parking lot before the car arrived, but not how it got there, Sprague said. The driver of the car was contacted but is not a “person of interest” in the case, he said.
“The device was lying in the parking stall, but it didn’t occur to them that it might be a hand-grenade,” Sprague said.
Check the the Kitsap Sun Web site later this evening for an update.

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