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Northeast El Paso streets blocked off after unexploded device is found
By: Elena Arteaga and Ruben Veloz
EL PASO, Texas -- Several streets were blocked off Thursday morning, after an unexploded ordnance was found in a scrap yard in Northeast El Paso late Wednesday night.
Authorities told KFOX14 that the military device was found just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, on Angora Loop and Dyer.
Several nearby residents were asked to voluntarily evacuate as a precaution. The El Paso Fire Dept. was on standby, El Paso police said.
Residents were asked to go to nearby Desertaire Elementary School as crews continued their investigation.
A man who lives near the scene told KFOX14 he decided it would be safe to evacuate.
"My sister woke up and saying there's cops outside knocking on the door and we got up and went outside to see what had happened and that's when the cop said we had to evacuate." said Martin Guerca.
A spokesman with the El Paso Police Department told KFOX14 that people living in at least 120 homes were asked to voluntarily evacuate.
"It's something you don't expect especially at 12:30 in the morning," said Northeast resident Efren Flores. "But you do get a certain fear of, you know, for your life. Especially when they tell you there is a bomb or an improvised explosive device. Having this happen in the middle of the night is definitely a rude awakening sort of speak."
The El Paso police and Fort Bliss bomb squads responded to the scene. The EPPD's bomb squad detonated the device. Small arms ammunition was found at two Northeast El Paso recycling locations. Those locations have since been cleared by Fort Bliss authorities.
"Our neighborhood is fairly quiet. I lived here for four years and I never had any problems." said Flores.
This area is known to have been a military test site during the 1940's and 50's.
No injuries were reported.