September 5, 2003

Bomb Found in Portland

Someone found a bomb on a commuter train in the Portland suburbs.

Investigators are trying to determine how a bomb with the power to kill a person was left on a MAX train in Washington County.

Police explosives experts detonated the device with no injuries Wednesday night.

It was the second bomb scare on Wednesday at the Beaverton Transit Center


"To set it off, you had to light the fuse," Hyde said.

Members of the Portland police bomb disposal unit ignited the device in a nearby field and found it contained explosive material.

"No one speculated on just what it may have been," Hyde said. But, "experts at the scene indicated that it easily could have caused serious injury or death to anyone nearby."

Solberg said it was not clear where on the train the rider found the bomb, and investigators were trying to determine how it got there.

"It might have fallen out of somebody's pocket or a bag," Solberg said.

It seems too amateurish to be the work of a foreign terrorist organization. Looks home-grown or freelance to me.

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