No explosive material in devices found at power plant

Steve Garrison
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — An FBI spokesman says the suspicious devices found in unit 4 of the Four Corners Power Plant did not contain explosive material.

Spokesman Frank Fisher said the three devices, each a steel pipe with its ends capped, were found to be hollow inside.

"At this time, there is no indication the devices are related to the explosions that occurred at two Las Cruces churches Sunday," Fisher said in an email sent late Monday.

Fisher urged anyone with information regarding the Las Cruces explosions to contact the bureau at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Jenna Shaver, a spokeswoman for Arizona Public Service, said the suspicious devices were first found shortly before 9 a.m. in unit 4 of the Four Corners Power Plant in Fruitland.

Due to the timezone difference between Arizona and New Mexico, it was initially reported the devices were found at 8 a.m.

Shaver said the devices were successfully removed from the power plant by the Farmington Police Department's Bomb Squad at 3:45 p.m.

The plant was searched by authorities and no other devices were found.

"Non-essential" plant employees were sent home early Monday, Shaver said, but the plant remained operational throughout the day.

Normal plant operations resumed Tuesday, Shaver said.

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