Portland police temporarily close Burnside Bridge after gun report
13 bearded men questioned, 2 arrested
Thursday, August 30, 2012
PORTLAND — Police in Portland, Ore., say they temporarily closed a downtown bridge and questioned 13 bearded men after receiving a report of someone with an assault rifle.
The men told police and KATU-TV they were crossing the Burnside Bridge on Wednesday evening en route to a photo shoot to raise money for breast cancer research. They said the photo was going to be part of a "Beards for Breasts" calendar.
Police Lt. Robert King says the 13 were wearing military-style clothing and all told the same story. The spokesman says two men carrying the unloaded assault rifle on the bridge were arrested for investigation of disorderly conduct. He says they're accused of causing public alarm. The other 11 were interviewed and sent on their way.
The men tell KATU they planned to have their photo taken under the "Portland, Oregon" sign near the bridge.
The bridge was closed for about 45 minutes.