Man arrested for possession of explosives; Block of city street closed off for several hours; houses evacuated
Above: Officers from a New Mexico State Police bomb unit summoned from Albuquerque walk across North Washington Avenue Wednesday afternoon while police investigate possible explosive devices found inside a Roswell home. Police said explosive devices were found during an unrelated search Wednesday morning of the home in the 900 block of North Washington Avenue. (Jeff Tucker Photo)
Below: Roswell police serve aides stand watch as state and local police investigate possible explosive devices found in a Roswell home Wednesday. David Harris, 52, was later arrested and charged with unlawful possession of explosives. (Jeff Tucker Photo)
A Roswell man was arrested Wednesday after police closed off a block of North Washington Avenue for several hours and investigated possible explosive devices discovered inside a home.
Police said David Harris, 52, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of explosives.
Roswell police said possible explosive devices were discovered in the home in the 900 block of North Washington Avenue during an unrelated search warrant executed by police Wednesday morning.
Roswell Police Department spokesperson Todd Wildermuth said Harris was detained after the initial search warrant was executed. Harris was later charged with unlawful possession of explosives, Wildermuth said.
A New Mexico State Police bomb unit was called in from Albuquerque, arriving during mid-afternoon. Bomb squad personnel wearing helmets and protective vests entered the home and were at the scene for several hours, wrapping up at about 8:30 p.m.
Police established a command post on the east side of North Washington Avenue, and bomb squad personnel could be seen crossing the street to the home on the west side of the street.
A large fire truck blocked traffic on the south end of the 900 block of North Washington Avenue, while two Roswell police service aides posted at the corner of North Washington Avenue and 10th Street kept people away from the home that was searched for several hours Wednesday.
Police said two houses adjacent to the home that was searched were evacuated. An ambulance crew was on standby as police searched the home blocked off by yellow police tape.
The scene was calm throughout the day as scores of curious motorists passed by. Later Wednesday afternoon, neighbors returned home and spoke with police at the scene about the situation.
State police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said Wednesday night the incident remained under investigation.
North Washington Avenue was reopened to traffic and residents Wednesday night.
No injuries were reported.
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