Police cordoned off a Scappoose neighborhood while bomb experts investigated a suspicious device.

Scappoose Police Department (SPD) responded to Southwest E M Watts Road between Southwest 4th and Southwest Keys Road for a suspicious unknown device at 9:37 a.m. A person walking their dog alerted police, according to Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller.

At 10:10 a.m. the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) was requested on scene. The PPB EDU arrived about 35 minutes later. Sgt. Steve Collins, an explosive disposal officer, collected the suspicious device while police cars blocked E M Watts road in both directions.

It was unknown what the device might be, but Miller said it had a fuse. He said it possibly could be a M-80 or a pipe bomb, but that has not been confirmed.

The bomb squad was in and out in about five minutes. Miller said EDU would hold the device until it could be detonated and inspected. “If there’s anything special they will come back to us,” Miller said, adding that he appreciated the assistance from PPB, saying it was really nice of them to respond. He said that SPD is not used to “this kind of stuff” so if PPB doesn’t contact them within the next couple of days - SPD will contact them.

Southwest E M Watts Road between Southwest 4th and Southwest Keys Road was closed for about an hour and a half due to police activity. SPD told people to avoid the area. Right before 11 a.m. police cleared the scene and the road was opened up for traffic.

It has been five or six years since SPD last needed assistance from PPB EDU, according to Miller.

People living in the Scappoose area have heard several big booms in the area over the last couple of weeks, which were widely reported on social media. Miller said they don’t know if the bangs are related to the device found today, but he said SPD has the same information and will follow up on it.  

This article will be updated when more information is available.


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