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Police: Klamath Falls Man 'Threatened to Cause An Explosion'

Officers evacuated neighbors after a Klamath Falls man allegedly threatened to light leaking natural gas over a property dispute.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 11:23 AM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 1:38 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls man is behind bars after police say that he threatened to cause an explosion at 505 Adams Street on Thursday.

Officers from the Klamath Falls Police Department (KFPD) responded to that address around 7:30 p.m. after reports of harassment. When they arrived, they met with 57-year-old Brian Leroy Ross.

According to KFPD, Ross "opened a gas line" inside the residence and threatened to cause an explosion by sparking a lighter. Officers smelled a strong odor of natural gas and quickly made their exit, leaving Ross inside.

As negotiations with Ross ensued, KFPD said that they began evacuating neighbors in the event that Ross did follow through on his apparent threat. Eventually, Ross did surrender to police and was taken into custody "without incident."

Crews from Fire District One arrived and helped KFPD shut off gas flow to the residence, removing the threat from the leak.

Investigators believe that Ross' actions were due to a "property dispute" with other people who had been staying at the property. Ross was brought to the Klamath County Jail and lodged on charges of Attempted Arson I, Disorderly Conduct I, and four counts of Reckless Endangering.

At this time, the incident is still under investigation. If you have information regarding this case please contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336. Anonymous information can also be left on the Klamath Falls Police Tip Line at 541-883-5334.

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