Pipe bomb found in Roswell

A pipe bomb in Roswell similar to a pair found recently in Clovis was detonated by state bomb experts.

The Roswell bomb was discovered Friday night in a residential neighborhood. Pipe bombs discovered March 5 near the Clovis landfill and Sunday somewhere in the vicinity on Brady Street were defused without detonation.

State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said while there are similarities with all three pipe bombs, investigators have not found any evidence to link them.

Roswell police said a resident found what looked like an explosive pipe about 3:30 p.m.

Once the device was identified as a bomb, Roswell officers notified state police, who dispatched a bomb squad, police said.

No one was injured in the explosion. The incident was wrapped up by 5 p.m., according to Roswell Police reports.

The ATF has taken over as lead agency for the investigations in Roswell and Clovis.

The device was detonated at the location and the bomb squad "rendered it safe," according to Agent Raphael Martinez, resident agent in charge from the ATF office in Las Cruces.

"It's an ongoing investigation," Martinez said. "We are working closely with the state police."

Investigators are still looking into where the device was constructed and if it was homemade, he said.

"Each one is unique," Martinez said.

Martinez declined to say whether the bomb was near any property. The neighborhood is lined with manufactured homes situated next to an open field.

Jill McLaughlin of the Roswell Daily Record contributed to this report.

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