By News-Register staff • 

Suspicious device found near Newberg church

Photo courtesy Yamhill County Sheriff s Office##A suspicious device found Monday near a Newberg church will be further examined by the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit.
Photo courtesy Yamhill County Sheriff's Office##A suspicious device found Monday near a Newberg church will be further examined by the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit.

NEWBERG - About 1 p.m. Monday, Newberg Public Works Department employees reported a suspicious device was located in a vacant lot adjacent to the North Valley Friends Church located in the 4000 block of North College Street in rural Newberg.

The device was near a fire hydrant and estimated to be about 75 yards north of the church building near the North Valley Friends Public Trail.

Newberg-Dundee police officers responded and secured the area. Yamhill County Sheriff's Office deputies also responded, as did the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit.

The device, constructed with what appeared to be a capped metal pipe with a fuse attached, was located at the base of a fire hydrant. It was rendered safe and the components were collected to be examined later by the explosives unit.

It appears the device was viable, but based on the condition of the device, may have been at the location for an extended period of time. Further examination will be conducted by the state police.

Manufacture of an explosive device is a Class C felony. At this time there is no suspect information available and the investigation is continuing.

Traffic flow in the area was not impacted by the incident and the church was not evacuated.

Anyone with information on this investigation should call sheriff's deputy Russell Meade at 503-434-7506.

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