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Police clear NE Portland fitness center because of suspicious device

TriMet's Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center reopened shortly before 5 p.m. after Portland police cleared the area when they discovered a suspicious device in a nearby parking garage. The center had been closed for more than an hour.

The incident disrupted MAX service and forced three TriMet bus routes (66, 75 and 77) to stop short of the transit center. MAX trains stopped at the station platform but did not open their doors.

Portland police discovered the suspicious device at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, at the 24 Hour Fitness parking garage in the 4200 block of Northeast Halsey Street. The city's explosive disposal unit retrieved the package from the garage. Members of the unit determined that the device was not dangerous.

Police have not released more information about the device or its contents.

Several TriMet buses were used as warming shelters for people who were forced to leave the 24 Hour Fitness building during the police investigation.