Crime Stoppers Featured Case #18-38 – North Portland Explosion

The Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, are asking for the public’s help to identify the person or persons responsible for exploding a mortar in North Portland.

On October 14, 2018, between 2:00 — 2:30 a.m., at the intersection of North Chicago Avenue and Smith Street, an unknown person shot a mortar firework out the driver’s side window of a vehicle.

A driver stopped behind the suspect vehicle honked the car horn before the explosion and the suspect vehicle turned eastbound on North Smith Street and was driven out of the area.
Surveillance video of the suspects entering the store can be viewed and downloaded at

Igniting fireworks and mortars in this manner poses a significant risk to life and property.

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