Nothing suspicious found in Stevenson bomb scare

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Monday afternoon someone called the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, saying that a bomb was going to go off, according to a bulletin from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office responded around 2:10 p.m., as Skamania Lodge staff and about 200 guests evacuated the lodge, said Sheriff Dave Brown. The staff and officers thoroughly searched lodge and the perimeter of the building, but didn’t locate anything suspicious.

After the search, guests were told it was safe to re-enter the building and were asked to tell lodge staff if they saw anything suspicious.

“The immediate actions taken by the staff at Skamania Lodge were both appropriate and warranted considering the nature of the call,” said Brown in the bulletin. “It was apparent that the lodge had the safety of the guests and staff as a first priority and did a tremendous job in securing the scene for emergency responders.”

The sheriff’s office is working with lodge staff to investigate the incident.