Oaks Borrom ordnance

Children stumbled across undetonated military ordnance Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Portland. (Portland Police Bureau)

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A group of children came across an old military explosive Tuesday in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge that was then carried to a Southeast Portland home, police said.

Police were called just after 11 a.m. to a home in the 7900 block of Southeast 16th Avenue, the Portland Police Bureau said in a news release. When officers arrived, they found the explosive had been carried from the wildlife refuge.

Officers shared a photo of the device with explosives experts, who also responded to the scene. They said it was old but could still be potentially dangerous. Police evacuated a few neighboring homes as a precaution while the bomb technicians removed the ordnance. 

Police said there is nothing to suggest there might be other devices at Oaks Bottom. They also said that old explosives are occasionally found in the Portland area. 

Anyone who comes across any kind of explosive device should steer clear of it and call 911, police said.

— Jim Ryan

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