Seattle Ferry Service Bomb Threat

On December 15, 2005, the Northeast Intelligence Network documented surveillance activities of the Washington State Ferry Service by Middle Eastern males in late November and noted of a heightened threat to the ferry service.

28 January 2006: Ferry service on the Seattle waterfront was shut down and evacuated Friday evening after one passenger aboard the ferry Kaleetan overheard another passenger talking about explosives just as the ship was preparing to leave for Bremerton at 6:45 p.m. The Washington State Patrol was notified and ordered the Colman Dock facility to be shut down, describing the incident as “a credible threat” against the Washington State Ferry System. All ferry service from Colman Dock was suspended, including boats to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. Susan Harris, spokesperson for the Washington State Ferry System said passengers and cars were unloaded from the Kaleetan, adding that vehicles were being searched if the drivers decided to leave the terminal to drive across Puget Sound via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. A search of the ferry terminal and the ferry Kaleetan using bomb-sniffing dogs turned up no threatening items.