Harmless ‘inert bazooka’ found in Old Town

The bazooka may at one time have been active but is not anymore

These devices found in Old Town were harmless and likely a prop, Portland police said, July 25, 2014 (Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit/PPB)
These devices found in Old Town were harmless and likely a prop, Portland police said, July 25, 2014 (Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit/PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — An inert bazooka was found in Portland’s Old Town Friday morning but authorities said it did not pose any danger.

Police said the object was found by a sanitation worker around 4:45 a.m. on Northwest Everett between Northwest 5th and 6th.

An officer with the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit investigates a suspicious item in Old Town July 25, 2014. The item was later found to be a prop. (KOIN 6)
An officer with the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit investigates a suspicious item in Old Town July 25, 2014. The item was later found to be a prop. (KOIN 6)

The road was closed for about an hour.

Police believe the prop may have been used in a performance and later discarded.

Authorities believe it was at one time an active bazooka, but was rendered inert before it was found Friday morning.

A police sergeant on scene said out of an abundance of caution, officers wanted to make sure there was no threat, which is why the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit was called out.

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