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Homemade Explosive Device Found in Lyons

LYONS, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say they destroyed a homemade explosive device found on a street in Lyons, about 70 miles south of Portland.

The Statesman Journal reports a city of Lyons Public Works employee found the device Wednesday in the road near the public library.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says the employee turned it over to them Thursday. The sheriff’s office says it was live and powerful enough to amputate someone’s hand if detonated.

Deputies immediately placed the device on the ground, cleared a safe area and notified the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad, who destroyed it.

The bomb was two inches long, wrapped in tape and had a fuse.

Authorities are investigating.

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