Auburn motorist finds explosive device on gas cap

An Auburn motorist found an apparent improvised explosive device (IED) inside the fuel hatch of her car Wednesday when she stopped at the Fred Meyer gas station at 801 Auburn Way North.

The woman placed the device on top of her car and called Auburn police. Officers responded to and secured the scene.

Police called the Federal Way Bomb Squad, which moved the device to a safe area in the Fred Meyer parking lot, and neutralized it.

A test of the device showed that the device was actually an IED, authorities said.

Once the area and device were made safe, the scene was processed and opened.

There were no injuries and all roads are open.

At this time, police have no reason to believe it was a random act.

Auburn police are investigating.

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