HERMISTON - The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad exploded a live pipe bomb found on South First Street directly in front of Hermiston High School this morning.
At 8:45 a.m., Hermiston Police received a call from a garbage truck driver, who accidentally hit the 4-inch pipe bomb that was sitting in the center of the road.
The driver stopped and checked what it was as it sat against the eastern curb of the street.
The bomb squad used its robot to shoot a round into the pipe bomb, said Dt. Mike Davis, a hazardous materials technician.
The metal pipe was full of gunpowder and had a hole drilled into one end, he said. A fuse was found nearby the pipe bomb, Hermiston Police said.
Because of how the pipe bomb rested next to the curb, debris could have easily shot at the high school, he said. The end of a pipe bomb of that size could have easily gone through two car doors, he said.
Hermiston Police, with the help of city of Hermiston water crews, closed down that block of First Street, between Highland Avenue and Orchard Avenue.
Businesses and the high school were notified. No one was evacuated.
Hermiston Police will continue to investigate the incident, but there were no leads as to who may have left the pipe bomb at the site, Sgt. Todd Keppinger said.