Washington State Patrol explains loud boom on July 26

By Stefanie Donahue

If you heard a loud boom in the evening on July 26, you weren’t the only one.

According to Washington State Patrol (WSP) public information officer Heather Axtman, the WSP bomb squad responded to a call from a Blaine resident on Fleet Road who needed help disposing of an explosive device.

When authorities responded, the resident handed over what appeared to be a canister that contained a gel substance and a detonator. The device was quite old and was likely intended to drill wells, Axtman said.

The bomb squad determined that the object was too unstable to transport and detonated it at the scene around 8:30 p.m.

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