Work Continues at Greenwood Explosion Site

A multi-functional team from the City of Seattle continued Sunday to support an investigation into an explosion that destroyed a building near 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue and provide assistance to the neighborhood.

Puget Sound Energy crews are working to determine what caused the explosion. Seattle police officers and employees from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities, the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle City Light and other departments are working to support the investigation, control traffic through the work zone, and provide information to residents, area businesses and people who travel through the area.

Greenwood Avenue is limited to one lane in each direction. Police officers are restricting turns from Greenwood Avenue at 85th Street during times of heavy traffic. In addition, 84th is closed westbound from Greenwood and restricted one block to the east.

“Residents and businesses in the Greenwood area have been tremendous in their response to this incident,” Seattle Police Capt. Paul McDonagh said. “We appreciate their patience while the investigation continues.”

With high winds expected this afternoon, safety plans call for work at the site to stop once sustained winds become too strong to work safely. Residents and businesses throughout the area are encouraged to take reasonable precautions to keep items from blowing away.

For general information and resources for the Greenwood neighborhood, please visit our webpage.