On Tuesday, Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct Officers responded to a report of a very loud explosion in the area of Northeast 6th Avenue and Davis Streets. Information was provided that there were other similar noises in the days prior and it was not believed to be related to construction noise.
One of the other incidents was on May 1 at around 1:41 p.m., where a loud explosion was heard, but nothing was located by responding officers at the time. There were no reported injuries.
Central Precinct Officers followed up on some leads and identified a possible suspect and suspect vehicle. Information was gathered about a green Ford Explorer with Oregon plate UYC105 that was related to the incidents. Officers contacted investigators with the Fire Investigations Unit for assistance.
Investigators with the Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Police Bureau Fire Investigation Unit followed up on the incidents and continued the investigation. In the afternoon of May 5, the suspect was arrested and his apartment was searched. Several hundred explosive devices, similar to large fireworks, were located and seized. Members of the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit responded to safely gather the explosives.
69 year-old Thomas Huskey was charged with three counts each of Possession of a Destructive Device and Manufacture of a Destructive Device (PHOTO). He was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center.