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August 27, 2001 00:00


On Sunday, August 26, 2001, the Portland Police Bureau Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) responded to 4 separate complaints of “suspicious devices.” Three of the devices were found to be an explosive. All devices were rendered safe and disposed of without injury. The devices do not appear to be related at this time.

The first device, which was found in the driveway of a home near the intersection of 159th and Foster, was discovered at 10:21 a.m. An area resident observed the device and notified the police. EDU responded to area and discovered that the device was pipe bomb. The device was rendered safe.

The second device was located at 1:22 p.m. in a parking lot at SE 33rd and Woodward. This device had been discarded in the area up to two weeks earlier, but no one recognized the device as a potential explosive. EDU examined the device and determined that it was a homemade explosive. The device was rendered safe and removed from the area.

The third device was found at 4:10 p.m. by an individual leaving PGE Park. The device was in a parking lot near 19th and W. Burnside. The citizen was suspicious of the device and called 9-1-1. EDU responded to and determined that the device was not an explosive and removed it from the scene.

The fourth device was discovered in the alcove of an apartment complex located at 605 SE 41st Ave. The device was observed by a resident of the apartment complex at 7:03 p.m. The individual called 9-1-1 and EDU responded to the scene and examined the device. EDU responded to area and discovered that the device was a homemade explosive. The device was rendered safe.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members to be aware of suspicious-looking objects, especially unattended bags or packages. Citizens should not touch the device or transport it in any way. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report suspicious objects.


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Portland Police Bureau
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Portland, Oregon 97204



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