Hoax Destructive Device
DATE OF INCIDENT: May 31, 2011
TIME OF INCIDENT: 4:08 PM
RELEASED BY: Sergeant Brad Johnston
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Hoax Destructive Device
At about 1720 Astoria Police were able to locate the registered owner of the vehicle.
Kirsten Jorgensen, age 44 of Warrenton. Jorgensen informed officers that the device was built as a joke. The device was sitting upright between the seats and clearly visible to anyone walking by the vehicle. The device was extremely realistic including DuPont labels.
Possession of a hoax destructive device is a class A misdemeanor. Officers are determining if this incident satisfies the elements of the crime. The incident will likely be forwarded to the Clatsop County District Attorney for a determination.
Astoria Police were assisted by Astoria Fire Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police.
On May 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm Astoria Police responded to a report of a possible bomb in the passenger seat of a vehicle.
The reporting party had been walking on 10th street past the vehicle and noticed it sitting in the vehicle.
Astoria Police responded and found that the device appeared to be an explosive device. Pictures were taken of the device and sent to OSP bomb squad who gave advice to evacuate two blocks.
Based on the advice from OSP Astoria Police informed about twelve to fourteen businesses of the device and most closed and evacuated. Hwy 30 was restricted, Commercial (Eastbound Hwy 30) was rerouted and Marine Drive (Hwy 30 Westbound) was restricted to one lane while resources were marshaled to close it.
While the evacuation and closures were expanding the registered owner of the vehicle returned and informed officers that the device was a hoax designed to be a prank. The device was removed and dissassembled. The registered owner is being interviewed further and all traffic restrictions removed at about 545 PM.