Downtown Seaside reopened to traffic after an incendiary device found at the beach led to the closure of Avenue A between South Columbia and South Edgewood midday Thursday, Sept. 5.
Seaside Police say the object, described as plastic tubing capped at both ends with duct tape, was a viable device filled with black powder substitute. The fuse appears to have burned out before initiating the powder.
After finding the item on the beach Thursday morning, an individual called police to turn it over for disposal.
When an officer arrived on scene, the item was placed on the ground by the person who found it, the area was secured, and the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit was requested. Avenue A and neighboring streets were closed to protect the public and first responders.
Seaside Police was supported by Seaside Fire and Rescue and Seaside Public Works staff during the closure.
Avenue A between South Columbia and South Edgewood was closed for approximately two hours while authorities waited for the state’s explosives unit. Upon arrival, the unit took possession of the item for destruction at an undisclosed location.
Avenue A and neighboring streets reopened to traffic at about 2 p.m.