UMATILLA - Three men of "Middle East" appearance were detained briefly at the Umatilla Chemical Depot Friday night after security officials saw them taking pictures near the front gate.

The men, all from Washington, told Oregon State Police troopers and FBI agents they took the wrong exit and saw the fake bomb at the depot's front gate and decided to take pictures of one of the men next to it. The men, one 24 years old and the other two 25, said they were headed to Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

After investigating, OSP and the FBI officials released the three men.

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