An Oregon State Police bomb technician safely defused a pipe bomb found by a Jackson County Community Justice crew in the 4000 block of Pioneer Road this morning.
Updated 12:04 p.m.: An Oregon State Police bomb technician safely defused a pipe bomb found by a Jackson County Community Justice crew in the 4000 block of Pioneer Road this morning.
The crew doing community service found the capped metal pipe, which was about 4 inches in diameter and 8 to 9 inches long and had a fuse, around 10 a.m., Jackson County sheriff's Lt. Marty Clark said. They called 911.
Clark said the device was bigger than the PVC pipe bomb investigators find more commonly.
"One that size would likely kill somebody," he said.
The bomb technician used a concentrated blast to pop the cap off to defuse the bomb without detonating it, Clark said.
10:30 a.m.: About a quarter mile of Pioneer Road in Talent was closed while the bomb technician investigated a suspicious device in weeds off the road.
Jackson County Fire District No. 5 were called to the 4000 block of Pioneer Road at about 10:40 a.m., dispatch records show.
The technician safely detonated the device just before 11:30 a.m. A loud pop could be heard through the neighborhood. The technician went back to inspect and carried away pieces of the device.
By 11:40 a.m. fire crews were leaving the area. The road reopened soon.