Martin Luther King Way shut down as police investigate oil drum with Thin Blue Line flag

Jun 30, 2022, 12:42 PM | Updated: 1:58 pm

Photo from Darren Dedo...

Photo from Darren Dedo


The barrel has been cleared by the bomb squad and SDOT has reopened Martin Luther King Jr. Way.


Seattle Police Department is currently investigating a mysterious blue barrel with a Thin Blue Line flag in Columbia City.

Seattle Department of Transit announced this morning that they had closed Martin Luther King Jr Way between Juneau Street and South Eddy Street. They are currently investigating what looks to be an oil drum decorated with a Thin Blue Line flag sticking out of the top.

It has wires coming out of it, so police are treating it as a possible bomb.

Video from KIRO 7’s helicopter show two bomb squad robots investigating the barrel. Police have advised people in the area to stay inside.

Darren Dedo is at the scene where he interviewed an employee of Hillman City Medical, a clinic at the intersection near the barrel.

“This morning we saw the flag and it was shocking to see that in a community that has historically been marginalized and a community of color, it’s offensive,” the employee said. “With everything going on it feels like it could be domestic terrorism.”

Sound Transit has also shut down the light rail between Columbia City Station and Othello Station as a precaution. They are running shuttle buses for commuters between the two stations.


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Martin Luther King Way shut down as police investigate oil drum with Thin Blue Line flag