Tacoma police confirm explosive device was found in McKinley area, removed, rendered safe

TACOMA -- An explosive device was found and safely removed  from a Tacoma neighborhood late Wednesday afternoon, Tacoma police said.

Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the device was taken to a location and rendered safe.  She declined to identify the device, its size or exactly where or how it was found. She said the investigation is ongoing.

Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Tacoma police asked residents near McKinley Ave E & E 50th St to stay inside as they investigated the device found nearby. Shortly after 6 p.m., police said the "device" had been removed safely and that neighbors could move about their area safely.

As a precaution, students at the nearby Sheridan Elementary School were evacuated by bus to Boze Elementary School, where parents were allowed to pick them up.

Police said they were working with ATF. No further details were immediately available.