Springfield police investigate suspicious device

4:45 P.M. UPDATE: A device that caused alarm in Springfield Monday afternoon is believed to be a motor attached to a rocking chair, police said.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2018 2:30 PM
Updated: Nov. 19, 2018 6:39 PM

UPDATE: A device that caused alarm in Springfield Monday afternoon is believed to be a motor attached to a rocking chair, police said.

A citizen reported the slide-rocking chair near a crosswalk at the intersection of 58th Street and Thurston Road.

Police said a cylindrical metal device was attached to its base with duct tape. Plastic and metal components attached the motor to the moving parts of the chair.

Police believe the device had been attached to the chair to motorize it, and the invention may have fallen from a passing vehicle.

The Explosives Disposal Unit quickly cleared the intersection after the analysis was complete, police said.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield police have closed the intersection of 58th Street and Thurston Road at the roundabout as they investigate a suspicious device.

The Eugene Police Department Explosives Disposal Unit is on scene to evaluate and assist with the removal of the device.
Traffic is closed to the area, and drivers should find an alternate route.

Thurston High School is on a modified lockdown, but the school can still be accessed from Main Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.

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