Bellingham Police investigate string of explosions


Bellingham Police detectives are investigating what they described as a “series of explosions” near the north end of the city center.

Two explosions were reported at 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 16 near the bridge on the 1500 block of Ellis Street. Some 15 minutes later, a third explosion was reported near Ellis and York streets, according to a Bellingham Police news release.

“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,” said Lt. Danette Beckley a Bellingham Police spokeswoman.

At 3:55 a.m. Tuesday, another 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,” Beckley said. “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.”

Police believe the incidents were related, and “is best described as looking like a big firecracker.”

Those with information about the incidents are asked to call the Bellingham Police Department at 360-778-8611. Tips can also be made online at cob.org/tips.