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Breaking: McNary Field explosion injures one, closes parking lot

Alexander Banks
Police gathered at McNary Field as they conduct an investigation on an explosion.

Update (5:51 p.m. PDT) CPD has released a statement saying that the victim of the explosion is a 22-year old male from Cottage Grove, OR. According to their preliminary reporting, the victim is not affiliated with OSU. The victim was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center to receive treatment.

CPD and partner agencies deployed an aerial drone and a bomb-sniffing dog to ensure that the site was safe. The cause of the blast has yet to be determined.

Portions of McNary Field will remain closed while CPD continues its investigation. More details will be available from CPD tomorrow morning.

Update (4:58 p.m. PDT) OSU Public Safety issued an all-clear at 4:51 p.m. The investigation into the explosion is still ongoing. If your vehicle is trapped in the parking lot, contact OSU DPS at (541) 737-3010.

Original article (4:08 p.m. PDT) Police say there is not an ongoing public safety threat after one person was injured in an explosion at around 2:30 p.m. at McNary Field.

No details were available about the cause of the explosion, but according to Lieutenant Ben Harvey of the Corvallis Police Department, one person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Harvey anticipated the park and its adjacent parking lot would be closed for “about four hours,” and said that the CPD would give updates about the situation via social media.

Harvey added that CPD plans to give more details about the incident at around 5:00 p.m.

“We’re going to take our time to conduct the investigation and be careful,” Harvey said.

A crowd of onlookers gathered on the other side of the street, with some coming after hearing the sound.

“I was walking through the middle of the grass at the MU, and I heard it,” said Magnus Capellen, a third year Forestry major. “I was like … ‘that’s definitely more than a firework.’”

This story is ongoing, and will be updated as new information becomes available.

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    JMOct 30, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    Great work catching this story! You rock Baro