Kirkland Fire, Police respond to suspicious package report at Post Office; scuba equipment to blame


Kirkland Fire and Police established a joint command to respond to a report of a suspicious package at the Kirkland Post Office this morning around 8:30 a.m.  The 9-1-1 call came from a Post Office employee handling the package.  The employee reported the box was hissing and releasing gas.  The Kirkland and Bellevue Fire Departments responded to a hazardous materials (Haz Mat) incident. Police and Fire quickly evacuated the Post Office and a nearby apartment complex.  As a precaution, all roadways leading to the Post Office were closed during the incident.  The owner of the package was contacted and identified the contents as scuba equipment.  The contents were verified by the Fire Department Haz Mat Team.  No injuries or property damage occurred.  The Fire and Police Departments appreciate the cooperation of those involved and impacted by this incident.