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Bomb threat results in evacuating outdoor downtown Bellingham music gathering

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the area of the Whatcom Museum at 121 W Prospect Street in Bellingham at about 8:20pm on August 4th due to a report of a bomb threat according to the PulsePoint fire/EMS dispatch log reporting service. A 1-block area was evacuated according to reports from the scene. That included the large crowd attending the Downtown Sounds event in the area of the intersection of Bay Street and Prospect Street.

Much of the crowd attending this year’s first Downtown Sounds event at that location reportedly moved west down Bay Street toward the waterfront after receiving directions to move at least 1/4-mile away.

Downtown Bellingham Instagram post (August 4, 2021)

An “all-clear” announcement was issued before 10pm.

Event organizer, Downtown Bellingham Partnership, say the Downtown Sounds events are scheduled for every Wednesday evening during August. Each event begins at 5:30pm with live music beginning at 6pm and ending at 9pm. The events include a beer and wine garden, food vendors and family-friendly activities. This is the 17th year of these events.

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