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FARMINGTON – Police shut down traffic on E. 20th Street between N. Chaco Avenue and Butler Avenue Saturday evening so they could detonate what they called “a suspicious item.” 

At 9:50 p.m. an officer yelled, “Fire in the hole!” three times before a small explosion was heard. Police then studied and recorded the scene. Traffic was flowing again eastbound soon after the detonation.

"The suspicious item did not contain explosives. The bomb unit is still investigating it," department spokesperson Georgette Allen said Saturday night.

"At this time, we believe the item was placed there as a hoax, however, our bomb unit is continuing their investigation," police said via Facebook in a Sunday update. "We would like to remind citizens that although this may have been a hoax device, this is a felony level crime.

Note: This story was updated on Sunday, June 15, 2019, to include additional comments from the Farmington Police Department.

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