Police on Wednesday investigate a report of dynamite inside a car in front of the Aztec Fire Department’s fire station.
Police on Wednesday investigate a report of dynamite inside a car in front of the Aztec Fire Department's fire station. (Megan Farmer/The Daily Times)
AZTEC — Police on Wednesday night investigated a report of an explosive device in a car in front of the Aztec Fire Department's fire station on West Chaco Street.

Shortly after 9 p.m, a woman reported to police that she had dynamite in a green Ford Explorer and was parked in front of the fire station at 201 W. Chaco St., said San Juan County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dave Pixton.

Pixton said he believes the woman drove to the fire station to dispose of the device.

He said police could not confirm Wednesday that it was dynamite. Pixton said it's possible the device was flares.

It was unclear on Wednesday how the device, which was inside a toolbox, came into the woman’s possession, Pixton said.

The Farmington Police Department's bomb squad was called to the scene and arrived shortly after 10:30 p.m.

Police closed portions of Chaco and Ash streets while they investigated.

The city’s municipal complex and the fire station, both in the 200 block of West Chaco Street, were evacuated.

Residents were not evacuated.

Blake’s Lotaburger, 210 W. Aztec Blvd., was also evacuated, though the business was already closed for the evening.

According to Pixton, the bomb squad discovered that the device the woman reported was inside a rusted toolbox that the crew could not open at the scene.

The toolbox and its content were transported to Farmington before after 11:15 p.m. to be destroyed, Pixton said.