MEDFORD, Ore. — Police responded to an explosion at the District Attorney’s office on West 10th Street in Medford early Wednesday morning.
Tenth Street, bordered by Laurel Street and Newtown Street will remain closed for most of the day as investigators process the scene. The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office will be closed until further notice. The Jackson County Courts will be delayed until 1:00 p.m.
Medford Police said officers responded to reports of an explosion at 4:38 a.m. in front of the Jackson County District’s Office building located at 715 West 10th Street in Medford. Police say the fire was from a detonator on top of a propane tank. Medford Police officers found a propane tank on fire in front of the building. Medford Police say the building did not catch fire and the propane tank went out on its own.
The D.A.’s office building has damage to the interior and exterior, but no injuries have been reported. Medford Police say if the bomb had gone off, it would have been much worse. The District Attorney’s office is a single story brick building. The approximate cost of repair is not known at this time, though some of the damage reported consisted of broken windows.
A man in dark clothing was seen in the area, but it is not known whether he is connected to this event or not.
Medford Police say There are approximately 25 investigators working on this case with more agents en route to assist. Medford Fire and Rescue, Oregon State Police Bomb Squad, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, and ATF all responded to assist Medford Police with the investigation. The FBI, ATF and OSP have all dedicated specially trained bomb technicians to the crime scene. The FBI has also deployed its Evidence Response Team from Portland to maintain and collect evidence from the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Medford Police Department at 541-770-4783.
The FBI has released a statement on this incident:
“The explosive device was clearly intended to target a government facility, the DA’s office. An attack on such a visible symbol of government and justice demands our singular focus. Although no one was injured, this device posed a significant risk to the firefighters and police officers who responded to the incident,” said Greg Fowler, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “All of the investigators working this case are fully committed to finding the person or people responsible as quickly as possible.”