On Sept. 3, 2013, persons still unknown placed an improvised explosive device inside the Prayer Chapel in downtown Coos Bay. The event triggered the South Coast's largest law enforcement presence in recent memory, involving local, state and federal authotities. The following is a collection of the efforts of reporter Thomas Moriarty and photographer Alysha Beck documenting the initial fire reported in the afternoon, the arrival of state and federal law enforcement that evening and the next day's investigation.
Police confirm that an explosive device was disarmed inside the Coos Bay Prayer Chapel Tuesday night http://t.co/bJp4IxENLN— Thomas Moriarty (@ThomasDMoriarty) 10:43 a.m. Sept. 4, 2013
FBI, OSP explosives experts just concluded a search of Coos Bay Prayer Chapel after a suspicious fire this evening http://t.co/0UjLlHdJdK— Thomas Moriarty (@ThomasDMoriarty) 11:48 p.m. Sept. 3, 2013
FBI, OSP disarmed explosive device inside Coos Bay Prayer Chapel http://t.co/dOHKuP8DRH— The World (@TheWorldLink) September 4, 2013