A suspicious device discovered Monday morning prompted the Roswell police and fire departments to divert traffic and evacuate businesses on and around North Garden Avenue.
Roswell Police received at about 10:20 a.m. Monday a call about a “suspicious device” at Culligan Water Conditioning in the 1300 block of North Garden Avenue. Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the city of Roswell, said in an email the device was discovered by landscapers working at the business.
Ray Wilson, public information officer with the New Mexico State Police Department — which assisted in the response to the device — later said state police rendered the item safe at about 4 p.m and that it would be transported to a federal lab for further analysis.
Wilson referred all questions about the incident and the subsequent investigation to the Roswell Police Department. Wildermuth said Monday night it is not yet known if the device in question was an explosive.
Wildermuth added Monday afternoon that he was unaware of any new information that could lead to a suspect or motive in the case.
Barriers were erected at the intersection of North Garden Avenue and East College Boulevard and Police units were on scene to help direct traffic in an area covering two to three blocks in each direction from where the device was found, and police investigators were also present, according to Wildermuth.
Fire units and ambulances were stationed nearby, in the event of fire or injuries.
As a precaution, people were evacuated from homes and businesses within a one block radius of where the device was found shortly after police received the call. They were subsequently able to return to their businesses at about 4 p.m., soon after fire personnel were called away from the scene and police began to reopen the streets.
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