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Officials Render Explosive Device Near Scotts Mills Safe

Many roads were blocked as crews took care of the suspicious device.

Roadway shows blast from detonation of explosive device.
Roadway shows blast from detonation of explosive device.

(SILVERTON, OR) - Traffic patterns have been restored in east Marion County after local fire and police agencies responded to an explosive device that was located on a roadside.

Captain Ed Grambush with the Silverton Fire District says around 4:30 p.m., a passer-by noticed an unusual container in the roadway at the intersection of Highway 213 and Mount Angel Scotts Mills Road.

911 was notified of the suspicious device; Marion County's NorCom Communications agency contacted the Silverton Fire District which was dispatched, as well as Oregon State Police.

Fire units arriving on the scene cordoned off the entire area. An explosive device was located, according to Silverton Fire's Captain Grambush.

"They found a possible explosive device. It was a plastic approximately one meter container, with a fuse coming out the top and it was filled with an unknown type of explosive."

The fire captain says a hazardous device technician from the Oregon State Police Explosive Ordinance unit rendered the device safe.

"There was no property damage, no injuries, the only problem that was created was a traffic diversion. The incident commander had to close off approximately 15 roads that lead into the area, it took a lot of manpower to do so but was done effectively, quickly, with very little interference from the public."

Agencies responding to the event include:

Silverton Fire District
Oregon State Police
Monitor Fire District
Mount Angel Fire District
Marion County Public Works
Oregon Department of Transportation

The video below from Jerry Freeman filed this afternoon, includes the words of Silverton Fire District's Capt. Ed Grambush:

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