Marijuana Grow Operation and Explosive Devices Found by KPD in South Rose Hill

The following is a media release from the Kirkland Police Department:

The Kirkland Police Department discovered a marijuana grow operation early on Thursday, January 27 while conducting a follow-up welfare check at a Kirkland residence.  Officers had initially been called to Evergreen Medical Hospital around 1 a.m. to contact a 23-year old male who had accidently shot himself in the hand while emptying a handgun.  Officers then responded to a home in the 12200 block of NE 80th Street where the accidental shooting incident had occurred to conduct a welfare check.  Another resident answered the door and cooperated with officers on the scene.  Several marijuana plants were viewed by officers while inside the residence. The Eastside Narcotics Task Force was notified and assisted in obtaining and serving a search warrant for the residence.

In addition to the marijuana plants, explosive devices were found in the residence.  The Bellevue Police Department’s Bomb Squad responded to the scene and safely removed two sparkler bombs and one pipe bomb.  The devices did not pose a danger to area residents.  Criminal charges are pending the completion of further follow-up.