WWII-era ordnance placed at Melrose Bombing Range

Freedom New Mexico

A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists, with an escort from the New Mexico State Police, transported a World War II-era ordnance from Hobbs to Melrose Air Force Range Sunday.

Found the week prior in White City, the ordnance was transported to a field just outside the Western Heritage Museum in northern Hobbs to be considered for use as a museum artifact. Upon its arrival Friday, the state police established a safety perimeter around the munition.

After an initial examination of the ordnance and, a police team suspected it to be a U.S.-military munition and called the nearest military EOD team at Cannon Air Force Base for further evaluation.

Two EOD technicians from Cannon made the trip. Partly due to the weathered state of the munition, they were unable to positively identify the ordnance and requested the assistance of U.S. Army EOD specialists to help examine and package it for safe transportation to Melrose Air Force Range, the closest military installation, for safe disposal.

After the ordnance was deemed safe for transport to the range, it was sealed and loaded into a secure trailer.