A BOMB “inside a garbage can” has led to the partial evacuation of a town outside Seattle, reports say.
Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth has been placed in lockdown after a mystery caller claimed he had left an explosive device in the downtown area.
Multiple emergency units – including the FBI – are responding to the threat which was called in at around 9pm local time on Tuesday night.
Bomb disposal experts have been deployed at the scene which has been evacuated, reports Fox Seattle.
The site where the device was reportedly left is beside the town’s famous Christmas tree lighting.
Roads in the town have been closed and people who are unable to evacuate have been told to shelter in their homes.
Locals are being told by police to avoid the area of the town which has a population of around 2,000 people.
Jenny Matthews, who works at a local Starbucks, told KOMO News that she was told to evacuate her place of work.
She said: “You start to get scared because there has been bombings other places recently.
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