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BREAKING NEWS: Blasting material found near Lopez ferry landing
The Lopez Island ferry landing is closed after a county Public Works crew found undetonated blasting material leftover from a 1980s road construction project about 100 yards from the ferry landing.
Washington State Ferries suspended service to and from the island until crews can safely remove the material. The ferry terminal is closed until further notice. WSF spokeswoman Susan Harris-Huether said at 11:30 a.m. today that a State Patrol bomb unit was en route to Lopez Island from Anacortes to remove the material.
The material was found shortly after 11 a.m., Harris-Huether said. The 11 a.m. ferry to Anacortes arrived shortly after the material was discovered; the ferry was allowed to unload, load and leave the island before the terminal and landing were closed, Harris-Huether said.
Harris-Huether said Lopez-bound passengers from Anacortes are either being taken to Shaw Island or are waiting at the Anacortes ferry terminal for a later sailing.
This is the second major disruption in ferry service in a week. Dec. 24, the Sealth struck Reid Rock outside Friday Harbor while en route to Lopez and Anacortes. The Sealth returned to Friday Harbor to offload fuel that had leaked into its bilge; the hull was not penetrated. The Sealth is expected to be out of service for two weeks.
This story will be updated.