UPDATE: Portland Police Investigating Post-Blast of Suspicious Device at North Portland Elementary School

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December 09, 2012 21:05


As officers from the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit were processing the small blast scene outside Sitton Elementary School, a woman contacted officers and told them that her 16-year-old son blew up his science experiment using fireworks.

Officers contacted the young man who admitted using fireworks to destroy the cardboard box containing his science work and that there was no intent to do any damage. Bomb techs examined the remains of the device and determined that it did not present any danger.

No charges were issued.



On Sunday December 9, 2012, at 9:43 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the report of a suspicious device near they playground at Sitton Elementary School, located at 9930 North Smith Street.

Officers arrived and located a small, improvised device that had already detonated and created a small divot in the grass. There was no property damage to the school.

Investigators from the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit are enroute to process the blast scene and collect evidence.

At this point it is not known when the device was detonated and anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.



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