Package at Bremerton naval shipyard is not an ‘explosive threat’

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BREMERTON, Wash. -- A suspicious package discovered at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard gate in Bremerton was determined to be not an "explosive threat," however, Navy fire and emergency services is examining it for hazardous materials.

“The safety of our people is our top priority and we are committed to providing them with the safest working environment,” said Capt. Alan Schrader, NBK commanding officer. “We have experts investigating the situation with the confidence to minimize the chances of similar actions against our people and equipment.”

The U.S. Coast Guard has cleared the ferry terminal and the Seattle-Bremerton routes will resume service.  The next Seattle ferry sailing to Bremerton is at 4:15 p.m. The next Seattle ferry sailing to Bainbridge is at 4:45 p.m., according to WSDOT.

BREMERTON, Wash. -- A suspicious package has been discovered at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard gate in Bremerton.

The incident forced the cancellation of the Bremerton 1:30 p.m. and Seattle 1:30 p.m. ferry departures.

"The Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry Seattle/Bremerton route is out of service," WSDOT said. "The M/V Hyak will reroute Bremerton-bound traffic and passengers loaded in Seattle for a late Seattle 12:20 pm sailing to Southworth. Kitsap Transit will provide bus service at the Southworth terminal."

Alternate routes between Seattle/Bainbridge and Fauntleroy/Southworth are advised.

Foot passengers are also advised to consider the Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry Seattle/Bremerton route or the King County Water Taxi Vashon route to connect with WSF service between Vashon and Southworth.

Just after 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Bremerton police said the ferry terminal was closed due to an incident involving a person placing what appeared to be an explosive device just inside the Bremerton PSNS gate.

Employees at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton are told to shelter in place.

We'll update this article when more information becomes available.

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