Update 3:40 p.m.: And here’s more info from the SPD Blotter:
On 8/10/11, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a suspicious package was delivered to the North Precinct, via a US Postal Service Mail Carrier. The package was a legal size, white padded envelope. The envelope did not have a return address and was stamped “Special delivery from Santa” with 8 postage stamps affixed across the top.
The North Precinct Duty Officer intercepted the package and immediately notified SPD communications and North Precinct Commanders. Out of an abundance of caution, the precinct was evacuated and surrounding streets cordoned off. The Arson and Bomb unit responded to the scene. The package was x-rayed and deemed harmless. The North Precinct reopened for routine business.
Update 2:10 p.m.: KING 5 just tweeted that the suspicious package was nothing harmful, and Metro just announced that bus routes are back to normal.
Earlier: Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct, at 10049 College Way N. (about a half-mile east of Greenwood) was evacuated this afternoon after a suspicious package was delivered. Metro bus routes 5 and 75 are being rerouted.
Routes 5 & 75 are travelling instead via Northgate Way, 5th Ave NE to the Northgate Transit Center in both directions. Please use stops along Northgate Way, 5th Ave NE or Northgate TC, until further notice.