SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Eugene Bomb Squad and Springfield Police responded to a suspicious device Monday night.
Springfield viewer Nora Estrada sent us video of the explosives unit blowing up the device. She says she got very scared and immediately dove under the bed after hearing the explosion from her apartment.
Springfield Police got the call out about the device from a neighbor at 54th and Main who said they noticed something on the sidewalk in the 100-block of 54th street. The device was described as round plastic tube with tape around it.
Springfield Officers responded and also thought it looked suspicious. They secured the area and called the Eugene Explosive Disposal Unit. The Eugene EDU thought it looked suspicious, so officers blew it up.
It was determined to be a homemade sharps container full of hypodermic needles.
“As far as the contents, there was no explosive device or anything to it,” said Sgt. Richard Jones with the Springfield Police Department. “It is better to be safe than sorry and so it was just handled there.”
That being said, SPD says it still wasn’t good that a container of syringes was out on the sidewalk for someone possibly children to pick it up. SPD says it’s unclear if the container was placed there accidentally or purposely.