Bomb threat temporarily closes Hood River Bridge Wednesday night

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A bomb threat phoned in to law enforcement by an anonymous caller resulted in the temporary closure of the Hood River Bridge Wednesday night.

According to Sergeant Andrew Rau of the Hood River Police Department, on Aug. 27 at 10:11 p.m., dispatch for the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an individual who stated “in substance, there was a bomb on the Port of Hood River, Hood River Toll Bridge that would detonated in twenty minutes.” The caller then reportedly disconnected.

HRPD, KCSO, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department responded to both the Washington and the Oregon approaches to the bridge and shut down access.

Rau reported that officers from HRPD visually inspected the bridge deck, walkways, lift span, and lift control center, but were unable to locate any suspicious devices or explosives.

At around 11:30 p.m., with no further threats received, the Hood River Bridge was reopened.

The threat call reportedly came from a “large generalized area in Skamania County.” According to Rau, deputies from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office checked the general area the call originated from but were unable to locate any suspicious activity or persons responsible.

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