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Ordnance taken to Melrose range

Freedom New Mexico

A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists identified the contents of a World War II-era ordnance located June 11 near a Hobbs museum.

Tests confirmed Monday the nearly 100-pound ordnance was an incendiary device, typically composed of a gasoline and rubber mixture or oil mixture.It can be safely stored and will be destroyed at a later date by Cannon EOD technicians.

The ordnance was found in White City early last week and later taken to the Western Heritage Museum in Hobbs to be considered for a museum display.

The New Mexico State Police, Cannon Air Force Base, and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians worked together to identify the type and content of the ordnance and render it safe.

The ordnance did not contain a fuse, decreasing the likelihood of unintended detonation.