Two hurt in E. Ore. homemade bomb explosion

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Eastern Oregon say two men suffered extensive injuries when a homemade explosive device detonated Sunday night.

The Ontario Argus Observer reported one was taken to Boise for treatment, the other to Portland.

Their injuries were described as life-threatening and disfiguring.

Authorities said the two were from Ontario, and they believe the explosion happened west of Vale, a town 15 miles west of Ontario.

Investigators said a third person brought the two to the hospital, touching off a scare that explosives were in the vehicle. None were found.

The injured men were described as aged 59 and 60. Authorities searched their residence Sunday, briefly evacuating neighboring houses.

Federal investigators joined the case, along with local agencies, the Oregon State Police and a bomb squad from Idaho.

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Information from: Argus Observer, http://www.argusobserver.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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