Identity released of man killed in explosion near Mount Hood

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The state Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that the man killed last week in an explosion along a busy highway leading to Mount Hood east of Portland committed suicide.

The Mount Hood National Forest, where the blast occurred, said Monday that the Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as 24-year-old Jeffrey Roger Williams of Portland. The cause of death was injuries from the blast.

Investigators have said the explosion left a crater 11 feet wide alongside U.S. Highway 26 and was believed to have been produced by chemicals available on the Internet to make exploding targets.

National Forest spokeswoman Laura Pramuk says among the items found were fragments of a firearm.

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