SPD briefly baffled by granola bomb at Seattle Mystery Bookshop

SEATTLE -- An employee at downtown's Seattle Mystery Bookshop found herself at the center of a brief whodunit Wednesday morning when she arrived at work to find a portion of Cherry Street cordoned off with police tape.

Apparently, someone reported a suspicious package outside the bookshop around 7 a.m. and officers arrived to find a granola bar in an inflated package and a modem card attached by a phone cord. All three items were sitting on top of a piece of white paper.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the Arson/Bomb Squad was called in, and it took them about five minutes to determine the items were harmless.

Amber at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop writes on the store's website that the suspicious package was not even remotely harmful, but she appreciates police's response anyway.

"In this day and age, you cannot be too careful," she writes. "Thanks to the SPD for making sure everything was safe at the shop."

I'll now be taking title suggestions for the mystery book based on this incident in the comments. Here's one to get you started: "Dial G for Granola."

UPDATE: So, thanks to KOMO Twitter follower Mary Liz Foulke, we can deduce this morning's granola-powered bomb actually started as what appears to be the world's saddest garage sale.

Foulke snapped the photo below around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. Apparently, a granola bar and phone cord aren't as popular items as an "Adventure Time" DVD, calculator, or what may or may not be my grandmother's old bear magnet.

By removing just a few of these items, you can turn this sad garage sale into a suspicious package. (Photo by Mary Liz Foulke)