IED detonated outside Medford district attorney's office

      MEDFORD, Ore. - Someone detonated an improvised explosive device early Wednesday morning at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office in Medford.

      Witnesses reported hearing the explosin at 4:38 a.m. outside the building at 715 West 10th Street in Medford.

      Police said someone placed a propane tank next to the entrance of the building and attempted to detonate it.

      The tank only partially detonated, sending flames up the outside of the building.

      Investigators are working to determine what happened and whether it is an act of terrorism.

      "The explosive device was clearly intended to target a government facility, the DA's office," said Greg Fowler, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "An attack on such a visible symbol of government and justice demands our singular focus. Although no one was injured, this device posed a significant risk to the firefighters and police officers who responded to the incident. All of the investigators working this case are fully committed to finding the person or people responsible as quickly as possible."

      The investigation is currently being worked by local, state and federal agencies through the the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

      The FBI, ATF and Oregon State Police have all dedicated specially trained bomb technicians to the crime scene. The FBI has also deployed its Evidence Response Team from Portland to maintain and collect evidence from the scene.

      A man in dark clothing was seen in the area, but it is not known whether he is connected to this event or not.
      Anyone with information is encouraged to contact law enforcement at:

      FBI - (503) 224-4181