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'Bong' or 'bomb'? Joke creates a bomb scare on 4:05 p.m. ferry

Top photo: Sheriff Bill Cumming, Undersheriff Jon Zerby, Deputy Felix Menjivar and the ferry captain question two men suspected of saying they had a bomb on board the state ferry Yakima, Friday. The men were questioned in Friday Harbor. Middle photo, passengers disembark the ferry in Friday Harbor. They had been ordered to move to one side of the ferry at the Lopez ferry landing, while ferry officials made sure the ferry was safe. Bottom photo: the two men, who declined to give their names, walk off the ferry in Friday Harbor after questioning. No arrests were made. - Scott Rasmussen
Top photo: Sheriff Bill Cumming, Undersheriff Jon Zerby, Deputy Felix Menjivar and the ferry captain question two men suspected of saying they had a bomb on board the state ferry Yakima, Friday. The men were questioned in Friday Harbor. Middle photo, passengers disembark the ferry in Friday Harbor. They had been ordered to move to one side of the ferry at the Lopez ferry landing, while ferry officials made sure the ferry was safe. Bottom photo: the two men, who declined to give their names, walk off the ferry in Friday Harbor after questioning. No arrests were made.
— image credit: Scott Rasmussen

Two men were questioned by San Juan County sheriff's officers after an apparent joke resulted in a bomb scare on the M/V Yakima, scheduled to arrive at Friday Harbor at 4:05 p.m.

There were no injuries and no arrests, though Sheriff Bill Cumming said the investigation report and photos of the two men will be forwarded to federal authorities.

The two men — who declined to give their names to The Journal — told investigators and ferry officers that they had joked they had a "bong" in their possession. Passengers apparently thought the men said they had a bomb, and alerted ferry officers.

At Lopez, ferry officers ordered all passengers to one side of the ferry until they could ensure the ferry was safe.

Cumming, Undersheriff Jon Zerby and Deputy Felix Menjivar boarded the ferry when it docked at Friday Harbor and questioned the two men. Their backpacks were searched; no paraphernalia or illegal substances were found, Cumming said.

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