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Gregoire Visits Spokane; Briefed On Bomb Investigation; Read Governor's Statement

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington governor Chris Gregoire made a brief trip to Spokane on Friday for a special briefing from federal agents investigating last Monday's bomb found in downtown Spokane.

Gov. Gregoire spent approximately 30 minutes in Spokane's City Hall. Federal agents briefed her and other public officials including Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, Mayor Mary Verner and several state representatives.

Gov. Gregoire, flanked by security detail, declined to answer questions from members of the media as she left City Hall and drove away in a black SUV. She waved as she drove away for another meeting. She was scheduled to return to Olympia late Friday for an unrelated event.

Federal agents continue to investigate an explosive device found in a backpack last Monday. The bomb was found along the parade route where thousands of people were scheduled to march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The contents of the backpack were sent to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. Authorities are still conducting tests to determine the exact composition of the explosive material.

The FBI is offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Gov. Chris Gregoire's statement after meeting with the FBI & local leaders:

"This afternoon we had a productive briefing regarding the bomb found in Spokane on January 17. After conversations with Mayor Verner, this was an opportunity to meet face-to-face with local law enforcement to discuss the facts of this case. While the FBI does a thorough investigation, we need to be patient.

"I want to commend the municipal employees who saw something unusual and notified authorities. Their actions were swift and helped prevent a tragedy. From the law enforcement to the firefighters to the bomb squad, everyone deserves high marks for acting with the utmost professionalism.

"This is a good reminder for all people to stay alert, and to report suspicious items and anything out of the ordinary."

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