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SWAT team captures man who threatened to blow up University of Washington Jewish Center

Seattle police have arrested a fired employee who threatened to blow up the University of Washington Jewish center Monday afternoon. (Tim Haeck/KIRO Radio)

A fired employee who threatened to blow up the University of Washington Jewish center Monday afternoon is in custody after sparking a huge response that drew SWAT officers, hostage negotiators and a hazardous materials team to the scene.

Seattle police say the incident began just before 2 p.m. at the Hillel Center at 17th Ave. NE. A spokesman says employees called police after the man threatened to mix toxic chemicals to cause an explosion in the building. Employees evacuated the building when the man reportedly headed for a supply closet.

The SWAT team found the suspect in the building's basement and arrested him shortly before 3 p.m.

Traffic along 16th Ave. NE and 17th Ave. NE along 50th Street remained closed after the incident as investigators worked to determine whether the suspect mixed chemicals to create a toxic gas.

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