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Police warn public of plastic bottles in parks

People using local parks during these last days of summer, be warned: Don’t pick up any plastic drinking bottles.

Fairview Police Chief Ken Johnson issued this warning Wednesday, Sept. 5, after receiving information that homemade Drano bombs may be placed in or around parks in East Multnomah County.

Named after their active ingredient, Drano bombs are usually made in plastic drinking bottles. When picked up or moved, a chemical reaction can cause severe heat and an explosion with enough force to injure or kill people, Johnson said.

“Do not pick up any suspicious looking plastic bottles,” Johnson said. “We have been told that other possible targets could be yards and driveways of private homes.

“If you see a suspicious looking plastic bottle and it is smoking, move away quickly and call 9-1-1.”

Anyone who finds a suspicious looking plastic bottle with unknown liquid contents — especially if there’s aluminum foil inside and the bottle has been capped — is asked to call the Fairview Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch number at 503-823-3333.