Update July 24, 4:18 p.m.: The suspected pipe bomb found Monday was not explosive, Tacoma police said.
The capped pipe “had been out in the weather for a while,” and experts determined today that it was not explosive, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
Update 6:15 Police have given the all clear and are allowing traffic through the area. They are still attempting to determine whether the suspicious package was explosive, spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
Initial post: Tacoma police explosive experts are investigating an unusual package found this afternoon outside the Tacoma Public Schools Professional Development Center.
A security official found the package outside the building at 6501 N. 23rd St. about 4:30 p.m., said Tacoma Public Schools spokeswoman Stacy Flores.
She said only a few people are working in the building this summer, and that they had left for the day before the package was found.
Tacoma’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team is on the way to investigate the device, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.