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A domestic disturbance brought the bomb squad to the inn, but deputies determined that nothing explosive was present.

COURTESY MAP: GOOGLE  - The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of explosive powders in a suitcase at the Troutdale Motel 6, but determined that information to be a false alarm. A domestic disturbance drew a police bomb squad to a local motel, but authorities cleared the scene without finding anything explosive, officials say.

Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies responded to the call Monday evening, Sept. 13, after receiving initial reports of a "rolling domestic violence situation" on Interstate 84 at Exit 17, according to Deputy John Plock.

When officers arrived, a woman told them a suitcase filled with "explosive powders" was inside their car, the deputy said. A man associated with the incident already had fled the scene.

The Explosives Detection Unit was called in to check the car and the Motel 6, 1610 N.W. Frontage Road, where the couple reportedly were staying.

"(Police) did not locate a detonator or any other bomb-making device, instrument or explosive substance," Plock said. "There were no controlled detonations."

The sheriff's office said the situation was resolved without making any arrests.

"There was never any actual threat to the public so there certainly is no cause for community concern," he said.

Authorities emphasized that there is no connection between the motel incident and an explosion reported inside a car in Troutdale the night prior.

In the unrelated incident, the sheriff's office responded just after 2 a.m. Sept. 13, after a car exploded in the 600 block of Southeast 42nd Circle, sparking a fire.

A man was found dead inside the car. Officials say that investigation remains ongoing.


Zane Sparling
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