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Road worker finds explosive at rock pit

Bomb squad sent from Salem to collect device.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 13, 2018 3:56PM

Last changed on September 13, 2018 3:58PM

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office logo on one of its vehicles. Undersheriff Zach Mobley said an explosive device was found at a rock pit.

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The Grant County Sheriff’s Office logo on one of its vehicles. Undersheriff Zach Mobley said an explosive device was found at a rock pit.


The Oregon State Police bomb squad was sent from Salem Sept. 12 to deal with explosive device found by a Grant County Road Department worker.

According to Undersheriff Zach Mobley, the road department worker discovered the device at a rock pit and brought it to the road department to be turned in. The device is a commercial explosive used in blasting operations at rock pits, Mobley said.

Called a cast booster, the device needs a detonator to initiate it, Capt. Tim Fox at the OSP office in Salem told the Eagle. The commercial device was about 4 years old. The bomb squad collected the device and stored it in OSP’s explosive magazine for destruction at a later date, Fox said.

A cast booster is a high-density, high-energy explosive device that is sensitive to detonators or detonating cord.

Mobley reminded the public that if they find an explosive device or something that looks like an explosive device, they should not touch it or try to move it because that could result in catastrophic consequences. Anyone who finds an explosive device should contact 911 so a professional can deal with it, he said.



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