PRAIRIE CITY – The Oregon State Police bomb squad was called in last week after a Prairie City landlord discovered a homemade fireworks device in a rental home.
John Day Police Department, which provides police services in Prairie City, responded to the incident on Wednesday, March 25, and called in the OSP East Explosives Unit, based in Hermiston.
Police Chief Richard Gray said the device – which turned out to be an M-80 style firecracker that had been modified – apparently was left behind by a tenant who moved out of the rental home; the property owner found it while cleaning up, and turned it over to Sgt. Damon Rand.
Gray said Rand determined the device, while not live, could be detonated. He moved it to Prairie Wood Products lot where the explosive experts could examine and dispose of it.
The OSP team detonated the device safely about 7:40 p.m., OSP reported.
The incident remains under investigation, Gray said.