Seattle's News Elixir

Seattle police shut down several streets in Wallingford and called out the bomb squad this morning after staff at the North Seattle Transfer Station found that someone had tried to dispose of explosives at the facility.

The call came in around 9:45 after an employee reported that they'd found a live 155mm round—like those used in Howitzer cannons—in a recycling bin.

The bomb squad recovered the explosives and police reopened the streets around the facility shortly before 10 a.m.

And now I think we can all agree that recycling and terrorism are practically the same thing.

Update 11:30 a.m.— We're trying to confirm whether the dump is still closed. SPD says they've reopened the streets around the facility, but the department also called in the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team from Ft. Lewis and they're apparently still at the scene. We've heard that folks are being turned away from the dump while bomb techs are on-scene, but neither SPD nor Seattle Public Utilities—which runs the transfer station—could confirm.

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