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Explosion on college campus

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October 31, 2023

Police are investigating an explosion at the Oregon State University campus on Monday that left one person hospitalized with “significant injuries.”

A press release from the Corvallis Police Department explained that police are investigating a reported explosion at McNary Field, which is a park located on the eastern side of Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis.

“The explosion took place around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, October 30. CPD and medics from Corvallis Fire Department responded, and the Fire Department transported one person to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with significant injuries,” the press release stated. “The victim was reported to be a 22-year-old man from Cottage Grove. Preliminary reports indicate that he was not a student at OSU.”

According to the Corvallis Police Department, the department worked with other agencies to deploy a bomb-detection dog and an aerial drone to ensure the safety of Oregon State University’s campus. While police noted that the cause of Monday’s explosion is “currently under investigation,” the department informed the community that there is currently no additional threat to the public as a result of the incident.

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The Corvallis Police Department will be investigating the explosion in conjunction with OSU Public Safety, Springfield Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Corvallis Fire Department. While the investigation is being conducted, the Corvallis Police Department has asked the public to avoid McNary Field, adding that it is currently closed to the public.

According to KGW8, Oregon State University experienced a bomb threat last week related to the university’s food delivery robots. An investigation of the incident revealed no evidence of explosives; however, one individual was arrested due to the threat.

Students at Oregon State University expressed concerns to KPTV regarding the occurrence of a bomb threat and an explosion within such a short period of time. “It is a little bit scary since we’ve had two bomb threats back-to-back,” Anabelle, a student at the university, said.