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Pipe bomb found near North Mountain Park

 Posted: 4:42 PM July 22, 2009

Employees at the Bonneville Power Administration on North Mountain Avenue found an active pipe bomb near the power plant at about 1 p.m. today during a routine grounds check, police said.

The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad had deactivated the homemade bomb by about 3:20 p.m. and no one was injured in the incident, said Lt. Corey Falls with the Ashland Police Department.

“Once the device was dismantled the bomb techs confirmed that the device was a good pipe bomb,” Falls wrote in a release.

Despite it’s proximity to the power plant, which supplies the city with electricity, police do not believe the bomb was intended to harm a particular place or group, Falls said.

“It’s unknown how or why it ended up in the location it was found,” he said. “It doesn’t look like anybody was targeted at this time.”

“I don’t think the power plant’s targeted by this. I don’t think it’s someone trying to sabotage that,” he said.

The bomb was found in the 400 block of North Mountain Avenue and was outdoors in a secluded area that could not be seen from the street or nearby North Mountain Park, Falls said. The bomb appeared to have been there for quite a while, he said.

Because the bomb was found in a fairly remote area, police decided no evacuations were necessary, according to Falls.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police had no leads on who may have been responsible for the bomb, he said. The bomb will be sent to the Oregon State Crime Lab.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.


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