Briefcase causes closure of Cherry

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A bomb technician inspects an abandoned briefcase detonated by a Salem Police Department bomb squad robot Tuesday afternoon, May 7, in front of Keizer's water pump station at 4160 Cherry Avenue NE.

A bomb technician inspects an abandoned briefcase detonated by a Salem Police Department bomb squad robot Tuesday afternoon, May 7, in front of Keizer’s water pump station at 4160 Cherry Avenue NE.

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Part of Cherry Avenue NE in Keizer was closed for nearly two hours Tuesday due to a suspicious package.

Cherry was closed between Manbrin Avenue and Sam Orcutt Way around 11 a.m. when the package was found by the city water pump station at 4160 Cherry Avenue NE.

Officers with the Keizer Police Department closed off access to the road and called in the Salem Police Department’s bomb squad to inspect the package, which was a briefcase.

Around 12:30 p.m., an SPD robot was sent to look at the briefcase. About 30 minutes later, the robot used a long chord to detonate the briefcase.

Cherry was reopened shortly afterwards as police deemed the area safe. No one was injured and an investigation is continuing.

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