Police destroy suspicious package next to ATM

The parcel turned out to be a Bible trivia game.

Walla Walla Police officers collect the remains of a suspicious package torn apart by a water cannon early Thursday afternoon. The package turned out to be a Bible trivia game left beside an ATM in the AmericanWest Bank parking lot at 30 W. Main St.

Walla Walla Police officers collect the remains of a suspicious package torn apart by a water cannon early Thursday afternoon. The package turned out to be a Bible trivia game left beside an ATM in the AmericanWest Bank parking lot at 30 W. Main St. Photo by Andy Porter.

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WALLA WALLA — Police used a water cannon today to destroy a suspicious package at a bank ATM in downtown Walla Walla.

The package, which turned out to be a Bible trivia game, had been left next to an ATM in the parking lot behind the AmericanWest Bank at 30 W. Main St. Walla Walla Police Sgt. Mike Ralston said after bank officials notified police about 9:30 a.m. the area was sealed off the area and the Washington State Patrol bomb squad was called.

WSP Trooper Brad Neff said that when officers used an X-ray machine to examine the package, they saw what appeared to be dense material in it that could have been explosive material. The water cannon was then placed next to the package and touched off. The water jet from the device tore the package apart and police quickly determined it was harmless.

No information was immediately available about who left the package next to the machine. Police re-opened the lot about 1:20 p.m.

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