120-plus evacuated after Oregon motel explosion
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) -- A police spokesman says an occupant of a motel room rocked by an explosion in the Willamette Valley town of Newberg, Ore., has told officers he was cooking hashish there just before the blast.
Newberg-Dundee Police Capt. Jeff Kosmicki says the seriously burned 29-year-old man remains at a Portland hospital. Kosmicki said late Thursday afternoon that no charges had been filed in the 3 a.m. blast that forced the evacuation of 123 guests from the Best Western Newberg Inn.
The officer said earlier that police had ruled out a meth lab or a gas line issue as possible causes.
Kosmicki says a 26-year-old woman and a 2-year-old girl who were also staying in the room suffered minor injuries.