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Police are asking the public for any information about the two explosions that took place hours apart.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Damage to a mailbox on Northeast 148th Avenue.A mailbox exploded in Northeast Portland early Monday, July 12, hours after a book exchange box blew up just a few miles away.

Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, Portland Police Bureau East Precinct officers responded to a report of an explosion at Northeast 87th Avenue and Fremont Street. With wood debris and books scattered around the scene, officers arrived to find a Free Little Library had been destroyed.

At least two residences suffered minor damage from the debris, but no one was injured.

Less than two hours later, another explosion occurred. This detonation happened in a mailbox on Northeast 148th Avenue between Burnside and Northeast Glisan at about 1:17 a.m. When officers arrived, they found debris from a brick mailbox enclosure spread across the roadway for 100 feet or so.

Once again, no one was injured. Police spoke to witnesses in the area, but there is no suspect information at this time.

Northeast 148th Avenue was shut down for several hours while police investigated the scene. It has since reopened.

Police say both incidents are under investigation by the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) and the Portland Fire Arson Investigations Unit. Anyone with information is asked to email Detective Meredith Hopper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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