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Suspicious Canisters Lead To Partial Evacuation At The Grant County Courthouse

EPHRATA, Wash. - The Grant County Courthouse was partially evacuated around 1:00 p.m. today when two canisters were found at the doors to the county clerk's office. Employees returning from lunch found the two canisters setting upon the handles of the doors to the clerk's office. Each canister had a battery on top.

Erring on the side of safety, the Law and Justice Building was evacuated and emergency responders were called.

It was determined by responders the canisters were not explosive, but rather two air freshener replacement cartridges left by a maintenance vendor.

Air fresheners are replaced monthly at the courthouse by an outside vendor. Today, the vendor had come during lunchtime and, finding the doors locked, left them on the door handles.

"The Board of Commissioners applauds the Clerk's Office and Superior Court employees for recognizing a possible threat and evacuating everyone to their outside safe zones," said Grant County Commissioner Cindy Carter.

Employees, jurors and other courthouse occupants were allowed to return to the building after about 45 minutes.

 

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