UPDATE as of 4:28 p.m. Police rendered the device safe, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. “It was what appeared to be a lunch bucket,” she added. Traffic in the area has been reopened.
INITIAL POST: Tacoma police officers are blocking off the area around the Bank of America downtown, and the department’s bomb experts are on their way to investigate a black nylon lunchbox found in front of an automatic teller machine by bank employees, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
The box was found about 2:10 p.m., and employees called police about 30 minutes later when no one claimed it.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team will probably x-ray the box when they arrive, Cool said.
“They’re not seeing any wires, no noise coming from it, nothing,” she added.
Cool said officers were blocking eastbound traffic on South Ninth Street from Pacific Avenue, and that she guessed police would block the Interstate 705 on ramp from 9th.