Threat called into Bellingham Planned Parenthood office

Threat called into Bellingham Planned Parenthood office
A bomb squad member works to diffuse a threatening suitcase at the Bellingham Planned Parenthood Office, Nov. 13, 2008. (Photo courtesy: The Bellingham Herald)
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Several people were evacuated when a bomb threat was phoned in to a Planned Parenthood office Thursday morning.

Lt. Steve Felmley with Bellingham police say the threat was received around 10:20 a.m. at the Mt. Baker office, located at 1530 Ellis Street.

Police found an unclaimed briefcase near the office and called in the bomb squad. They then evacuated the office and a nearby Grocery Outlet.

Officers detonated the briefcase and didn't find any explosive material.

The Bellingham Herald reports a small group of abortion protesters were outside the clinic at 9 a.m. for a planned protest, but police do not believe any of those there had anything to do with the bomb threat.