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Springfield police investigating bomb threat at Gateway Street post office

The bomb threat also forced an evacuation at the post office on Willamette Street in downtown Eugene.

Posted: Jun. 1, 2018 3:20 PM
Updated: Jun. 1, 2018 7:23 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police are investigating a bomb threat that temporarily shut down the post offices on Gateway Street in Springfield and Willamette Street in downtown Eugene.

Springfield Police Lt. Scott McKee said the threat was intended for the Eugene location. However, all calls go through the Springfield distribution center and the call was received there.

As a precaution, McKee said both locations were evacuated. Police also used social media to ask people to avoid the area.

Shortly before 3 p.m., a specially trained dog was brought in to search for explosives but found nothing.

Just a few minutes after 3 p.m., employees at the Springfield location were allowed back inside and customers were allowed inside a short time later.

Eugene police were notified of the bomb threat at 2:10 p.m. when they received a call from the U.S. Post Office at 520 Willamette Street in downtown Eugene. The building was evacuated and the Metro Explosives Disposal Unit responded. The unit will continue checking the building to ensure it is safe.

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