EVERETT — Concern about a suspicious device closed a stretch of Rucker Avenue for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon while Everett police used a robot to investigate and take it away.
The object had been attached to a post at a bus stop.
“They impounded it as evidence,” police officer Aaron Snell said.
The discovery closed down part of Rucker Avenue near The Everett Clinic.
Entry to the clinic’s parking garage was affected. Security initially asked patients and staff to use the first floor entrance to get into the Gunderson Building, clinic spokeswoman April Zepeda said.
Shortly before 5 p.m., the Washington State Patrol began clearing people from the Gunderson Building as a safety precaution.
A short time later, police used the robot to removed the device and place it in a case in the street, Snell said. The device was scanned.
“They are investigating the device, how it got there and who put it there,” Snell said.
The parking garage remained locked down and police were not immediately allowing patients or staff access to their cars.
A State Patrol dog trained in detecting bombs also was being called in.