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Fire Investigators Seek Information on Sellwood Explosions

Posted: April 8th, 2010 1:46 PM

Fire Investigators from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) are seeking information in the case of two loud explosions.

The first occurred on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm. The second occurred on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 8:10 pm.

Both incidents started with a very loud explosion and a large smoke plume in the vicinity of Powers Marine Park. The park is located on the west bank of the Willamette River. Its northern boundary is north of the Sellwood Bridge and extends south approximately one mile. The smoke plume was seen approximately 1/2 mile south of the bridge.
PF&R Investigators are looking for any information regarding to any vehicles, boats, or persons in or near the park before or after the explosions.

Investigators are also asking that in the event of another explosion – anywhere, not just near the Sellwood Bridge – people be extra vigilant in reporting any activity in the immediate vicinity.   Please report descriptions of people or vehicles leaving the area or the license numbers of cars seen parked near the park.  

Contact Info: Investigator McGraw, 503-823-3797

PIO Allen Oswalt, 503-940-6003