A business district in Kent, Wash. was evacuated Monday morning after a suspicious bag was discovered on a Metro bus.
Police, two SWAT teams and a bomb squad arrived on scene and immediately began removing passengers after receiving a call around 7 a.m.
After closing down the surrounding streets, police spent three hours reaching the bag, at one point using two armored vehicles to surround the bus.
Keith Eldrige, a reporter with Komo 4 News, noticed the situation’s abnormality from the beginning.
— Keith Eldridge (@KeithKOMO4) July 21, 2014
Only moments after discovering the bag, officers shut down all surrounding air space, barring news helicopters and aircraft from flying near the scene. Incredibly, after a bomb disposal robot shot through the device, police claimed the item was a fake pipe bomb used during a training exercise the prior week.
According to Q13FOX News, DB Gates of the King County Sheriff’s Office said that “it appears they must not have double checked that all the fake devices were off the bus before putting it back in service.”
One woman from the area claimed that several federal agencies had arrived on scene as well, although media outlets made no mention.
“The FBI, homeland security and ATF all on scene,” the woman said. “More to this than they are admitting.”
Although the scene quickly returned to normal, questions still remain on how the device went unnoticed by police and bus passengers for an entire week.
“Whooops, poor inventory control for all this ‘military’ training tech!” another resident commented.
The training program was not initially revealed to the public. Storyleak was unable to reach the Kent Police Department for questions.