OREGON: keep an eye out for contents from this trailer

Firefighters in Oregon are on the lookout for thieves who stole  investigation gear and evidence from a Lebanon Fire District trailer parked at a fire station about 90 miles north in Fairview, Oregon.

Lebanon, Oregon fire equipment trailer
Lebanon, Oregon fire equipment trailer

KOIN-TV reported that thieves broke into the trailer and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of investigative equipment.

Firefighters said they discovered the break-in on Monday at Station 33 in Fairview; thieves had cut through a new security fence on the back of the property, cut the locks on the Lebanon Fire Investigation Team trailer, and stolen fire investigation tools including lights and cameras.

“Thefts such as these are extremely frustrating,” said Fire Marshal Ken Foster. “Having to replace all our investigation equipment may delay any pending or future fire investigations and has a direct effect on our community.” The Lebanon Fire District is asking for help; anyone with information should contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3950 and refer to case number 23-02101.

Forensic analysis of the Beirut Port explosion

Beirut port explosion
Beirut port explosion, by Forensic Architecture.

There was horrific loss of life at the explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020. It was detected by the United States Geological Survey as a seismic event of magnitude 3.3, and is considered one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history.

As a former wildland fire investigator I am fascinated by the forensic analysis of the event. The explanatory video (below) was posted by Forensic Architecture. The knowledge and skill that was the foundation of this analysis and simulation is astounding.

Their investigation found that the contents of the warehouse where the incident occurred included:

  • 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate
  • 23 tons of fireworks
  • 5 rolls of slow-burning detonation cord, and
  • 1,000 vehicle tires

The Beirut Port Explosions (English) from Forensic Architecture on Vimeo.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Jim.