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PRINEVILLE, OR -- Prineville has been rocked by recent, unexplained explosions, at all hours, and the Crook County Sheriff's office has gotten several complaints. Sergeant Bill Elliott says he's been investigating, but he still doesn't know yet who's exploding what. "We are investigating this, we're trying to find information into what is causing these. It could be any number of things, but we are trying to identify where it's coming from." He's communicating with the rock quarries operating near town, but he suspects it's something else. "Tannerite, which seems to be popular in this part of the region." Tannerite is a binary explosive target that explodes when someone shoots it with a high velocity bullet. He says that could be a problem, this time of year. "With the heat and the dry vegetation around, it is extremely dangerous and could cause a fire."

 

Elliott says his investigation is hampered, because he's having trouble determining where the explosions are coming from.
"If we could get an area located where it could be going on, it might be a little easier to pinpoint where it's coming from." There's a range of possible charges the doers could face - disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, or in the worst case, if a fire is started, arson. If you hear one of these random explosions, call the Crook County Sheriff's non emergency line.

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