Release Date: 05/14/2013

Incident Type: Improvised Explosive Pipe Bomb Device Found Near City of Clovis Landfill Entrance On East Brady Avenue

Contact Person:  Captain Patrick Whitney, (575) 763-9436

Clovis – May 14, 2013 – On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at approximately 8:00 am Clovis Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of East Brady Avenue adjacent to the City of Clovis Regional Landfill in reference to a possible pipe bomb device located by a city work crew near a water main valve.

Clovis Police contacted the New Mexico State Police Explosive Ordinance Division through the local District Office of the New Mexico State Police upon verification of a possible explosive device being on scene. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also contacted. The New Mexico State Police EOD interrupted the device on site. Nobody was injured. The device was similar to two other devices discovered in the Clovis area since January 2013 consisting of a metal pipe wrapped in tape with a fuse at one end cap loaded with explosive powder and metal shrapnel materials.

The investigation has been turned over to the New Mexico State Police EOD and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that have jurisdiction and investigative expertise in these types of cases. The other two cases this year were also referred to the Federal ATF Agency out of Albuquerque, NM.

Any questions about any on-going investigations into these pipe bombs found in the Clovis area should be made to the New Mexico State Police EOD or the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Office out of Albuquerque, NM.