Bomb squad called to Sherwood train tracks

Law enforcement responds to investigate some suspicious packages found between the Oregon Street and Murdock Road stretch of the Sherwood railroad tracks, July 14, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Sherwood police found what were initially being called “suspicious packages” along the railroad tracks heading through town Sunday afternoon.

The packages were found between the Oregon Street and Murdock Road stretch of the tracks.

Sunday’s bomb squad call-out followed a Saturday report of illegal fireworks and a brush fire off Oregon Street, according to a City of Sherwood news release issued late Sunday afternoon.

“It was moving quickly,” said Jason Bietz, who lives across the street from the fire. “I think it was lucky; it could have been a lot worse.”

Saturday’s brush fire call came in around 6:30 p.m., when “three white males were seen running from the area of the fire,” according to the release.

The initial investigation conducted by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue determined the fire started about 50 to 75 feet from the tracks, Sherwood reported. A firework was found not far away.

Then, on Sunday, “Additional modified fireworks were located along the railroad tracks by the Sherwood Police Department,” according to the City of Sherwood release.

The Portland Police Explosive Unit Division was called. They arrived to find what are being called “modified fireworks.” Those fireworks were rendered safe and collected as evidence.

“We always err on the side of caution,” said Sherwood Police Capt. Ty Hanlon on the bomb-squad call.

As of around 4:50 p.m. Sunday the scene was being cleared.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue extinguished the original fire Saturday. Firefighters were still monitoring the area Sunday night, looking for potential flare-ups from smoldering embers.

The three individuals reported to be running away from the fire were described as white males, wearing shorts with no shirts.

Sherwood PD now seek the public’s help on information related to the fire or identification of the subjects seen leaving the area. Tipsters can call Sherwood’s non-emergency line, 503.629.0111.

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