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Improvised Explosive Device Rendered Safe by OSP Explosive Technicians; Investigation Continuing - Highway 126W east of Florence
04/04/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the discovery Tuesday evening of a homemade improvised explosive device, commonly known as a pipe bomb, on a Highway 126W bridge east of Florence near milepost 1. The highway was closed about three hours and the device was rendered safe by OSP Explosives Unit technicians before the highway was re-opened.
 
On April 3, 2012 at approximately 6:30 p.m. a citizen called OSP Northern Command Center dispatch reporting a suspicious object, described as a piece of pipe with a fuse, laying along Highway 126W about a mile east of Three Rivers Casino and Hotel. No OSP troopers were on duty out of the Florence office so two troopers were called out from their homes to respond.
 
Trooper Leland Farrar arrived on scene about an hour later and confirmed the object appeared to be a small improvised explosive device on the eastbound shoulder of a bridge.
 
Troopers closed traffic in both directions as OSP Explosives Unit technicians responded from Salem. Explosive technicians arrived about 9:20 p.m. rendered the device safe before removing it from the area.
 
ODOT personnel assisted with traffic control until the highway was re-opened at 10:15 p.m.
 
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who may be responsible for the placement or construction of the explosive device is asked to contact OSP at (800) 452-7888. Trooper Farrar is the lead investigator.
 
No photographs for release.
 
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The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responds to approximately 300 calls per year statewide; about half of the calls are handled by Salem-area explosive technicians. The calls vary widely and include such responses as picking up fireworks and small arms ammunition for disposal; found explosives such as old dynamite, blasting caps, grenades and other various improvised explosive devices; and, a large number of suspicious object/package calls. Trained technicians are stationed regionally in Salem, Central Point and Pendleton/Hermiston areas to respond to any explosives-related incident that may be encountered by public safety personnel or citizens.