Suspicious Device 12th and Greenwood
June 30th, 2017 02:37pm
BEND, OR -- Highway 20 (also known as Greenwood) at the base of Pilot Butte was closed for a short time, Friday, after a suspicious device was discovered near the 12th Street crosswalk. Bend Police Sgt. Tom Pine tells KBND News, "There was a call to the non-emergency dispatch center that there was a suspicious device, 'please go do your police thing.' So, we drove over here and did our 'police thing' and said, 'Gosh, that could be dangerous. We don't really know. We're going to pretend it's dangerous and try and keep everyone safe."
The device was surrounded by sandbags while BPD waited for the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responded from Salem. Oregon's Department of Transportation shut down the roadway while a member of the bomb squad detonated the device, just before noon. Click HERE to hear audio from the scene.
Sgt. Pine says, "The device that was reported could have potentially been dangerous. We just don't know what it is, that's why we call the OSP guys because it's an unknown to us. And, at this point, it's still an unknown. Based on the information we have, we don't know right now if it would have been a dangerous device; if it was a dangerous device." Highway 20 reopened just after noon. The investigation is ongoing.