As of Friday, February 22, 2013
Hood River Members of the Oregon State Patrol and Portland Police bomb squads destroyed a pipe bomb at the popular Seven Streams trail head in Post Canyon Tuesday afternoon.
Hood River County Sheriff Matt English said deputies received a report from a county forestry employee regarding the device at around 1 p.m.
English described the device as being about 6-inches long and said it appeared as though someone had tried to set it off and that when it didn’t detonate, left it behind.
Sheriff’s deputies cordoned off part of the busy trailhead for about three hours until bomb squad representatives arrived to disable the device.
English recommended that when a citizen who comes across a suspected explosive device not handle it, keep everyone away and notify law enforcement.
“The danger with these improvised devices is that they can be extremely unstable,” English said. “You can’t tell without some expert training if it is real or fake.”
English said deputies were able to leave the scene around 4:30 p.m. The sheriff’s office will continue to investigate the incident through evidence collection and hope to identify a suspect. Possession of an improvised explosive device is a felony.
Bomb squad calls in Hood River County are fairly rare. English said the last instance he could recall was when someone detonated a pipe bomb in a county bathroom at Binns Hill last year.