Shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, bomb squad personnel were called to investigate a suspicious device found in a dumpster at a Montavilla-neighborhood church.

East Precinct police officers responded to the Montavilla United Methodist Church, located at 232 Southeast 80th Avenue, on the report of a suspicious device found by an outside dumpster. Upon arrival, and after a preliminary examination of the device, officers called for the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) to respond to the scene. Shortly after noon, the Bomb Squad destroyed the device and began processing the scene for evidence. Arson Investigators from Portland Fire and Rescue are assisting with the investigation.

As of 3 :05 p.m., the MEDU was able to render the small improvised explosive device safe. The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Joe Luiz at 503-823-3408 or Investigator Rick McGraw 503-823-3797.

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