Only on NBC5 News: Inside the OSP Explosives Unit Part 2

White City, Ore. — We continue our NBC5 News special report with a rare and up close look at the work of the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit. In part 1, we showed you some of their tools, and now we’ll see them in action, as the bomb squad simulates a suspicious package response at a training facility here in Southern Oregon.

In a simulation created for us, a robot could be used, but even then, a bomb tech has to go in and give the all-clear. And while it’s somewhat high risk, for these techs, it’s higher reward.

“There’s satisfaction going out and knowing that we’re able to provide a service that really nobody else does and getting rid of that for them,” Detective Brett Keller says.

The explosives unit can also be brought in to utilize their robots in a hostage situation, and they’ll also help you dispose of old ammunition, explosives or fireworks at no cost. If you ever come across a suspicious device or package, never touch it, and call police immediately.

 

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