Spokane woman injured in OR port-a-potty explosion

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on June 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

ALOHA, Ore. -- A Spokane woman was injured at a park near an Aloha school Saturday after a suspicious device exploded in a portable restroom, police said. Another device in a nearby mailbox exploded hours later. 

The first explosion was reported around 12:30 p.m. at Arnold Park near the International School of Beaverton, 17770 SW Blanton St. in Aloha. 

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Sgt. Vance Stimler of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Stimler confirmed the woman was from Spokane, but did not release her name.

Officials said they believed chemicals were mixed together and left in the port-a-potty. 

A bomb squad was investigating and searching for additional suspicious devices. 

The park was reopened around 3 p.m., but about an hour later, there was another explosion in a nearby mailbox.

No one was hurt in that explosion. Stimler said officials are searching for a suspect.

A softball tournament was happening when the first device was found. Around 200 people were evacuated and the tournament was postponed, Stimler said.

A witness said a woman was seen bleeding from her head. 

 

 

 

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