Blast that alarmed Snohomish County residents was actually a controlled explosion by sheriff’s office

Blast that alarmed Snohomish County residents was actually a controlled explosion by sheriff’s office

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — The loud boom that alarmed some Snohomish County residents Tuesday night was actually a controlled explosion by the county bomb squad, officials said.

Sheriff’s officials took a large amount of explosives from residents near Silver Lake, according to a sheriff’s office spokesperson.

“It appears it was essentially a hobbyist using the materials for fireworks and rockets with no malicious intent,” spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe said.

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Officials decided the explosives were too dangerous to transport. A bomb squad responded and took the explosives to the closest place where they could be safely detonated.

The explosives were set off around 8:30 p.m., causing a surge of 911 calls about the noise.

“We apologize for the noise disturbance,” a tweet from the sherrif’s office read.