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Feb-12-2009 10:38printcomments

Officials Find IED at Oregon School

The Metro Explosive Disposal Unit responded to the school, took control of the device, and transported it to a location for disposal.

Explosive device recovered at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory
Explosive device recovered at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory. Photo courtesy Jeffrey Green/Clackamas Sheriff

(CLACKAMAS, Ore.) - Police say that around 8:45 a.m. today, a La Salle Catholic College Preparatory employee found what appeared to be an unexploded device near the landscape shed on the school campus.

Detective Jeffrey Green with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded and identified the device as an improvised explosive device or "IED" which is what soldiers and Marines are often killed with in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The device is believed to possibly be a modified illegal firework. Deputies were unable to determine if that was true due to the wrapping of tape on the device," Green said.

Per protocol, the Metro Explosive Disposal Unit responded to the school, took control of the device, and transported it to a location for disposal.

Green says Unlawful Manufacture of Destructive Device is a Class "C" felony in the State of Oregon.

The school did not go into lockdown but school administrators were aware of the situation.

Yesterday, police had to evacuate shoppers from the Lancaster Mall in Salem, Oregon over three different suspecious devices that were located: Shoppers at Salem's Lancaster Mall Evacuated Over Suspicious Devices

Two police officers were recently killed and a third severely injured, in an explosion at a Woodburn, Oregon bank in December: Salem-News.com Woodburn stories




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Henry Ruark February 14, 2009 11:12 am (Pacific time)

"Anon": Appreciate your intensity of feeling, but not your anonymity. First responsibility in any democracy, which I think you seek, is simply to stand up and be KNOWN and make your point clearly, cleanly, and strongly. Cannot do that by "anon"status since that kills any possible impact of whatever you state simply by fact of unknown, and thus suspicious, origin...which is what you are complaining about here. SO sign your stuff, or if real reason for fear, ID to editor on confidential basis, which I understand is open when any real reason is documented.


Anonymous February 12, 2009 8:30 pm (Pacific time)

anon here again: I may not agree with you all the time but... In conclusion, I'm not trying to be a smart ass, I just think that every now and then the crow comes home to roost and it is good for us to remember that after eight years of fear-driven BS about Islamic terrorists in the world, we have plenty of problems right here in our own backyard that our own people generate. Tim: that was extremely well put. thanks.


Anonymous February 12, 2009 8:27 pm (Pacific time)

anon here.. and again, no answers to my questions. so, I am supposed to follow blindly because you say so.. sorry, I cant. In fact, as badly as I feel for the officers, and even got on my hands and knees and prayed for their family, with ALL the love I have within me, the fact that they died shows me they dont know what they are doing and another reason to not trust what they say. I am soooo sorry for saying it this way, tears are coming to my eyes this very minute, but gosh darn. I have been lied to about most everything including wmd's in iraq, iran and nuclear bombs, who started the war in south occatia, 911, operation mockingbird, etc etc.. you wanna go fight for the military industrial complex?you want to believe the corporate owned media? go ahead..not me. All I asked for was proof. If they cant give it, then they are not telling the truth. And dont give me this "national security" crap.. it was a fireworks of some kind. And Tim, if the U.S. and Israel would quit invading countries..ah never mind.


ChrisJones February 12, 2009 4:24 pm (Pacific time)

I'm sorry I know it's a sensitive issue. I guess wisecracks about such are in poor taste and I don't mean for any peace officers out there to take offense.


Anonymous February 12, 2009 3:29 pm (Pacific time)

from this article, we do not know what it is. modified fireworks? anyway, they took it and disposed of it. How did they dispose of it? did they find out what it was? What were the ingredients? what could it do? what was inside the tape? this article has no credible info to answer any credible questions. It is "believed"...by who? the police? They cant even tell me what this device consisted of. Scare tactics to open up the continuation of a police state? Maybe not, but until I get some facts, which they will never give, I will question, for that exact reason. They will never give the facts, and that is what keeps me asking questions.
Answer my questions honestly, and I will shut up.

Editor: Well anonymous person who demands, you are seeing the contents of a simple news release. The bomb squad technicians have their methods of disposing of bombs and they don't always like to reveal exactly what the explosive consisted of so as to not publish "ingredients" for a lack of better terms. I can't believe people are so upset by this article. Too bad people are so bad on this earth, I wish I could change it. I wish I could bring back the police officers who died here in Oregon just a few weeks ago from a bomb at a bank. I can't change that, I can't make you feel any better about this than you do. If you would like to know what happens when an IED blows up, visit my photos from Iraq taken last summer at this link: Salem-News.com Iraq photos and you will see even more on at the Salem-News MySpace page: MySpace.com/timsalemnews In conclusion, I'm not trying to be a smart ass, I just think that every now and then the crow comes home to roost and it is good for us to remember that after eight years of fear-driven BS about Islamic terrorists in the world, we have plenty of problems right here in our own backyard that our own people generate.


ChrisJones February 12, 2009 12:26 pm (Pacific time)

IED huh?? Are you sure that's not just a piccolo pete with duct tape wrapped around it??

Tim King: Chris, the police called it an improvised explosive device. That means somebody threw some parts together and created something that would blow up; i.e. a bomb. I sincerely doubt you need coaching to put that together, you obviously along with another poster, are trying to downplay this. But what if your kid was walking by when it blew up? Maybe you wouldn't sneer at it then. An IED is an IED.


jimmy February 12, 2009 11:40 am (Pacific time)

So if I take a smoke bomb and modify it to pop instead of smoke, is that now an IED? Oregon lame fireworks laws have always given kids the experience they need to make these things... Come on people!!!

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