Devices found in backpack

Residents of the Racquet Club apartment complex, 2915 Orchard Ave., watch Sunday afternoon as a member of the Grand Junction Bomb Squad carries a homemade explosive device from a backpack to a disposal unit on the ground before him. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene and evacuated the building. No suspect had been arresed as of late Sunday night.

An entire building in the Racquet Club apartment complex was evacuated for more than two hours Sunday afternoon, when the bomb squad was called to remove a number of improvised explosive devices from a backpack left near one of the complex’s buildings.

Mesa County sheriff’s deputies initially responded a little after 2:40 p.m. to a report of bombs and bomb-making materials outside of the E building of the complex, located at 2915 Orchard Ave.

With the arrival of the Grand Junction Bomb Squad, evacuated residents watched at least one team member dressed in a full blast suit constructed of body armor pick through the suspicious backpack, carefully removing items and placing them into disposal units.

Police described the items as bottles and canisters filled with gunpowder, and sealed with duct tape. The items included attached fuses.

A Grand Junction Police Department spokesman did not say whether the items were actually capable of exploding, confirming only that they were “homemade.”

Witnesses at the scene saw at least one bottle being removed from the backpack, along with a few other smaller items sized a few inches in width.

As of Sunday evening, no arrests had been made in connection with the potentially explosive devices.

Police would not confirm whether they were actively seeking someone as a suspect in the case.


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