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Police investigate bomb threats phoned in against Post Offices in Springfield, Eugene

Lt. Scott McKee said someone phoned in a threat to the Gateway Post Office on Friday afternoon. The facility shares a phone number with the downtown Post Office in Eugene, McKee said. Investigators believe the threat was intended for the Eugene facility. Officials evacuated both Post Office facilities as a precaution. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Police investigated a threat of an explosive package that a caller said would be delivered to the Gateway Post Office.

Lt. Scott McKee said someone phoned in a threat to the Gateway Post Office on Friday afternoon.

The facility shares a phone number with the downtown Post Office in Eugene, McKee said.

"The Eugene Downtown Post Office was shut down during the same period of time and Eugene police conducted a similar coordinated search of the Downtown Eugene Post Office," Springfield Police said. "The closure of the Eugene Downtown Post Office was a move made by Postal Service Managers in an abundance of caution after employees noted main office calls intended to target the Eugene Downtown Post Office also ring into the Gateway Post Office. The employees feared the Eugene Downtown Post Office may have been the intended threat target and so the decision to close and evacuate followed U.S. Post Office protocol."

Officials evacuated both Post Office facilities as a precaution.

Police in both cities are investigating with the help of the FBI and the Postal Inspector.

Eugene Police learned of the possible the threat to the Post Office on Willamette Street downtown around at 2:10 p.m.

The Metro Explosives Disposal Unit responded to the scene.

"Nothing credible has been found yet," police said in a statement at 3:20 p.m., "and the search is being done out of an abundance of caution as a best practice."

The bomb squad didn't find anything suspicious in their search.

"Police are not revealing the exact nature of the threat for the sake of investigative integrity, but are confident at this time the call was intended to disrupt service and create panic," Springfield Police said in a statement. "The United States Postal Inspection Service will conduct criminal follow up into the threatening phone call."

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