Bellingham Police make arrest in explosion investigation

Investigation ongoing with more arrests likely

Sep 22, 2017 - by Danette Beckley, Public Information

Bellingham Police arrested 26 year old Nicholas McNairy early this morning, in connection with a series of explosions that have occurred near City Center. The investigation, which includes witness statements and video evidence, identified McNairy as a suspect. McNairy was cooperative when arrested at his residence, which is not far from the scene of the explosions.

On 8/16/2017 Bellingham Police responded to two separate incidents involving explosives being detonated. The first incident damaged the bridge in the 1500 block of Ellis Street. This happened at 1:44 in the morning. Shortly after, at 1:59 a.m., a second explosion was reported in the bus shelter in the 400 block of York Street.

On 9/5 at 3:44 a.m. officers responded to a report of an explosion in the 400 block of York Street. Officers found a smoke-filled area, and a bus shelter that had the plastic sides and roof shattered. Evidence at the scene indicate an explosive was detonated inside the bus shelter.

A witness was contacted near this explosion and gave a description of two males who were seen running from the area. Video evidence was recovered which showed two males, who matched the witness description, enter the bus shelter. There is a flash consistent with an explosion, and then the two males run from the area.

Total damage for all of the explosions is estimated at approximately $4200.00.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated.


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​Danette Beckley, Public Information
Police Department
360.778.8648
dbeckley@cob.org


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