OSP Explosives Unit investigates a suspicious device found in Medford

Medford, Ore. – Frightening moments for customers at a Medford shopping center this evening after a passerby found a suspicious device in a planter.

Medford police responded to Bear Creek Plaza on Biddle and McAndrews just after 5:30pm Saturday for the call. Oregon state police also assisted with their explosives unit.

Officers say the device that was found looked like a pipe bomb with wires coming out of it, but it ended up being just an improvised charging device.

They asked people nearby to leave the area as they worked to determine what the device was.

Police had to wait for a bomb technician to come from Roseburg before they deemed the object safe and destroyed it. The shopping center is now back open.


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