A series of explosions near the north end of the city center are being investigated by Bellingham Police. On 8/16/2017 at 1:45 in the morning, two explosions were reported near the bridge located in the 1500 block of Ellis Street. Approximately 15 minutes later, a third explosion was reported near Ellis Street and York Street. Officers found burn marks consistent with two explosions on the bridge, as well as burn damage consistent with an explosion in the Whatcom Transit Authority bus shelter located in the 400 block of York Street.
Early this morning at about 3:55, an explosion was reported near the 400 block of York Street. Responding officers found heavy smoke in the area, as well as significant damage to a WTA bus shelter. Evidence found at the scene is consistent with an explosion occurring in the shelter. The explosion caused the plastic glass on the sides and roof of the shelter to shatter.
The Hazardous Devices Unit (HDU) and our Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene to gather evidence while our patrol officers secured the perimeter to maintain scene security. HDU believes the incidents may be related. The explosive is best described as looking like a “big firecracker”. We are asking the public to be vigilant in reporting suspicious people or circumstances. If you should come across a suspected explosive, please move as far away from the area as possible and call 911.
If you have any information regarding the explosions you can leave a tip at 360.778.8611 or at https://www.cob.org/services/safety/police/reporting/Pages/police-tips.aspx.