Neighbors say police, bomb squad entered Junction City home early Thursday morning
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Police evacuated residents from a Junction City neighborhood early Thursday morning after learning a house might contain explosives "possibly in enough quantity it could have taken out a city block," Junction City Police Chief Bob Morris said.
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But investigators did find weapons and ammunition, which the resident - a convicted felon - was prohibited by law from possessing.
The identity and charges against the resident are not yet known.
But Morris said the investigation started earlier this week with a disturbance at the home on Kalmia Street.
"The male occupant of the house approached the female occupant with an ax," Morris said, "and drove the ax through the windshield of a car."
The man hid inside when police initially tried to take him into custody. He was eventually arrested on probable cause for menacing, Morris said.
Then police learned about the possible explosives and weapons in the house.
Police obtained a search warrant early Thursday morning authorizing them to enter the home and look for explosives and weapons.
Due to the possible quantity of explosives suspected to be inside, Morris said police evacuated adjacent homes.
The bomb squad entered the empty home and conducted a search, locating weapons but no explosives, Morris said.
Once the scene was deemed safe, neighbors were allowed to return to their homes.