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Package at Kitsap Naval Base not 'explosive threat'

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) transits the Hood Canal as it returns to its home port of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., on May 3, 2018. Bremerton police and explosive ordnance experts on Thursday, June 14, were investigating a suspicious package that police say "appears to be an explosive device."

MICHAEL SMITH/U.S. NAVY

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 14, 2018

BREMERTON, Wash. — Explosive ordnance experts have determined that a suspicious package left inside the gate of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard near a ferry terminal in Bremerton is not an explosive threat.

Bremerton Police closed Pacific Avenue South to the ferry terminal early Thursday afternoon after police say a person placed the item just inside the gate of the shipyard at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton.

Naval Base Kitsap spokesman Jake Chappelle said Thursday afternoon that Navy technicians determined the package is not a threat but authorities were examining it for hazardous materials.

Personnel on the base were asked to stay inside while authorities investigated.

The ferry route between Seattle and Bremerton was temporarily suspended but was back up and running by 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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