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Bomb threat prompts Tuesday evening cancellations of Keystone ferry route

A bomb threat at the Port Townsend ferry terminal forced the ferry run across Admiralty Inlet out of service for more than three hours Tuesday night.

Ferry officials canceled sailings at around 5 p.m. after the threat against the Port Townsend terminal came in. Marta Coursey, spokeswoman for Washington State Ferries, said in an email the Washington State Patrol conducted a canine search of both the Port Townsend and Coupeville terminals to ensure they were clear of any threats. The United States Coast Guard conducted a helicopter flyover and provided an escort for the last round trip of the evening before they cleared the ferry for service.

Service returned on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville route with the 8:30 p.m. sailing from Port Townsend and the 9:15 p.m. sailing from Coupeville.

Motorists traveling to-and-from the Olympic Peninsula while the route was out of service had to take the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry and the Edmonds/Kingston ferry.

More details to follow.

 

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