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Bomb scare taken seriously

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This metal cylinder caused a stir last Thursday at the intersection of Bryant and Jean roads. Officials worried that it was a pipe bomb before determining that it wasn’t a bomb.

Last Thursday Lake Oswego Police, along with the Lake Oswego Fire Department and a Portland bomb squad, responded to a report of a possible bomb near near the intersection of Jean and Bryant roads.

The intersection of Bryant and Jean was closed around 1 p.m.

Crews were trying to determine if a pipe that was sealed on both ends was a bomb.

'The police officers that responded were not readily able to determine what it was, so to be safe we called the Metro Area Bomb Disposal Unit,' said Capt. Don Forman of the Lake Oswego Police Department. 'We closed the intersection at distances of several blocks away in all directions and diverted traffic as well as pedestrians.'

Crews then analyzed the object. 'At one point, we photographed the object in place, with a number of us then being able to look at the photos to try and make a safe decision,' Forman said. 'We hoped that collectively we might be able to determine what it was but that was still not the case.'

When the bomb unit arrived, they looked at the object but couldn't identify it.

'After a more complete inspection, the object was ultimately deemed safe by the bomb unit,' he said

It turned out to be a metal cylinder about 8 inches long and 1 ½ inches in diameter and 'quite heavy,' Forman said. Police re-opened the roads around 2 p.m.