Police are investigating an attempted bombing at the Spokane County Democrats office on North Division Street Wednesday afternoon.
Nicole Bishop, chair of the local Democrats, said she wasn’t at the office today, but a volunteer told her a man came in and handed her a paper.
He asked the volunteer if she knew what it meant and she said she didn’t, Bishop said. The man then said, “it’s a manifesto and I have a bomb,” Bishop said.
The volunteer could see wires coming from his bag, Bishop said.
Bishop said she didn’t know if there was an explosion, but there is a small fire which she believes might have been the result of his device.
“They’re all physically safe but they’re certainly shaken up,” Bishop said.
Police had detained someone before 1 p.m. Wednesday, said Spokane Police Department spokesperson Sgt. John O’Brien.
A bomb unit, SWAT team members, firetrucks, ambulances and at least one K9 handler arrived at the scene, where police cordoned off several blocks.
Around 1 p.m. a robot for disabling bombs sat outside 1912 North Division Street, the Teamsters Labor Union building where the Democrats’ offices are housed.
“We urge every elected official and community leader to join us in condemning this apparently politically motivated act of violence,” Bishop wrote in a Wednesday news release. “No one should have to fear for their life simply because they participate in our political process.”