UPDATE: Most recent reports from the scene indicate that the live explosive situation has been resolved. All roads are being reopened at this time. We are still awaiting word about what exactly the device was, how it came to be at the Fire Station, and how it was dealt with.
(Updated as of 1:50 p.m. on Monday, April 2)
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — An explosive device—possibly a 'live grenade'—was dropped off at the Grants Pass Parkway Fire Station about an hour ago today, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS).
Police have closed the following streets as a result:
-E Park Street between Parkdale Drive and Golden Park
-E Park at the Baker Park Entrance is also closed
-Grants Pass Parkway southbound is closed at M Street
-Grants Pass Parkway northbound is closed at Rogue River Highway
All traffic is being rerouted away from these areas, according to GPDPS. Oregon State Police Bomb Squad have been called to the Fire Department for assistance. GPDPS asks that everyone stay out of the area until safety is assured.
This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 reporters are en route. This appears to be the same incident as the road closure reported by ODOT on US 199.
The road closure on Highway 199 was first reported by ODOT at 12:41 p.m. on Monday as an emergency update. Shortly after, GPDPS posted on their Facebook page with information about the suspected explosive device and more road closures.