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Lynden bank evacuated for bomb scare

LYNDEN — A bomb scare at a Lynden bank led to an hour-long evacuation Friday morning, April 4.

A Lynden woman in her 50s, who identified herself as a customer, called Banner Bank around 11 a.m. claiming she saw a bomb and thought it was in the bank, said Lynden Deputy Police Chief John Billester.

Five employees in the building were evacuated right away. Police formed a perimeter around the bank and informed nearby businesses. Only the bank was evacuated.

The bank had been collecting donations for those affected by the Oso mudslide. So officers wanted to rule out the possibility that a bomb had been delivered that way.

Police went to the woman’s home, where she clarified her phone call: She had pictured a bomb in front of her and thought it was inside the bank, Billester said. Officers took her into custody for an involuntary mental evaluation.

After they had determined it was a false report, police did a walk-through with one of the employees and the bank opened again.

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