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Police search house for bomb connection

Spokane police and federal investigators searched a house Friday in the 2100 block of East Lacrosse Avenue as part of the investigation into last week’s bomb that blew up under a car on North Monroe Street.

No one was injured in the explosion, which occurred around 4:30 a.m. June 29.

Police Sgt. Lydia Taylor said Spokane officers were on hand with bomb-disposal crews as well as the SWAT team as a precaution due to the nature of the investigation.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene as well.

Taylor said investigators used a bomb-detecting robot to search the house before officers entered.

Dave Newman, a neighbor, said he was evacuated from his home at 2:30 p.m. but saw police investigating the house at about 1:30 p.m.

Police led six people out of the house in handcuffs, Newman said, but police wouldn’t confirm any arrests Friday night.

Newman said he believes squatters live at the residence, and he has complained about possible criminal activities there for several months.

“People show up with backpacks at all hours of the day and night,” he said.

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