Bottle bomb hurts garbage collector

Published Mar 29, 2013 at 05:00AM

A garbage collector was injured by a destructive device fashioned from a water bottle Thursday afternoon in Bend.

According to Bend Police, at around 4:45 p.m., an employee of Bend Garbage and Recycling found what appeared to be a discarded water bottle with liquid in it near the intersection of Northeast 18th Street and Northeast Montana Way.

He attempted to remove the lid to discard the contents, and the bottle exploded in his hand, causing a minor injury that did not require medical treatment.

Two similar devices were found nearby, prompting a call to the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad. The surrounding area was shut down for 21⁄2 hours until the bomb squad arrived on scene and disposed of the suspicious devices.

— From staff reports

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