Federal investigators believe a deadly blast Thursday along U.S. 26 on Mount Hood was caused by a “substantial” amount of material that target shooters use to make exploding targets.
The explosion killed one person and left a crater in the ground just 10 feet off the highway.
Clackamas County sheriff’s officials will now try to determine if the blast was a homicide, suicide or accident.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that the blast didn’t violate federal codes controlling explosives and turned the investigation over to the Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities haven’t released the identity of the victim yet. Dr. Karen Gunson, Oregon State medical examiner, confirmed the victim died of “blast injuries and body fragmentation,” but said she could not yet make public his name.
Meanwhile, FBI agents swarmed a Northeast Portland residence Thursday afternoon, but declined to explain how — or whether —…
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