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Bellingham Police Department does bomb squad training near Everson

Bellingham Police Department practices disarming a dummy explosive device at a gravel pit on Thursday, May 11, near Everson.
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Bellingham Police Department practices disarming a dummy explosive device at a gravel pit on Thursday, May 11, near Everson.

Don’t worry about those booms you heard Wednesday afternoon and might hear all day Thursday – they’re part of police training and not the work of another bomber downtown.

“Our HDU team is training at the old GP site today and tomorrow,” the Bellingham Police Department tweeted shortly before noon Wednesday. “You may hear a few booms. 12 to 4 today 9 to 4 tomorrow.”

HDU is the department’s Hazardous Devices Unit, commonly known as the bomb squad. They respond to incidents such as the suspicious package that caused part of the Bellingham Public Library to be evacuated Aug. 29 and a string of explosions that caused damage downtown in mid-August and early September.

Bomb squad members frequently train at a site near Everson. Wednesday and Thursday, they’re at the vacant former Georgia-Pacific site.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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