Explosive device, handguns recovered at park

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Brooklyn Park, 1001 SE Haig St., in the hours after the report of a man making threats with a gun July 21, 2013. (KOIN 6 News, Matt Bell)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man is in jail after a gun and explosive scare that shut down a Portland park for hours Sunday.

At 10:41 a.m. Sunday police officers were flagged down at Brooklyn Park, 1001 SE Haig St., on the report of a man making threats with a gun.

Neighbors told KOIN 6 News a man playing basketball in the park pulled a gun on a passerby. The passerby is believed to be a transient.

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Portland police respond to Brooklyn Park, 1001 SE Haig St., on the report of a man making threats with a gun July 21, 2013. Their search of a backpack turned up even more cause for alarm. (KOIN 6 News, Matt Bell)

“Officers located the suspect, a 49-year-old male, and took him into custody,” according to a Portland Police Bureau news release. “Officers conducting an inventory of his bag located two handguns and a suspicious device.”

That’s when the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit was called.

Bomb Techs examined the device, PPB reported, and determined it was “a small homemade explosive device in a small plastic bottle.”

“It’s not something you’d want to stand over when it went off,” said a Portland officer at the scene (see video below).

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Portland police respond to Brooklyn Park, 1001 SE Haig St., on the report of a man making threats with a gun July 21, 2013. (KOIN 6 News, Matt Bell)

The device was disabled by bomb squad technicians. Those at the scene told KOIN 6 News the device included some sort of black powder.

“At this point it looks like either flash powder or pyrotechnic powder,” said the Portland officer.

Brooklyn Park was shut down for about two hours during the Portland police and bomb squad response.

The park was reopened as of 1 p.m. Sunday.

As of Sunday evening the 49-year-old suspect, identified by Portland police as Michael Moore, has been booked in jail. He’s expected to face charges this coming week of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Manufacturing and Possessing a Destructive Device.

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