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Explosives found in separate incidents

San Pedro Valley News-Sun of Benson, Arizona

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A member of an Arizona Department of Corrections work crew accidentally set off a riot control grenade found near an on-ramp to Interstate 10 on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Office said.

The cleanup crew was in the area of Sibyl Road and I-10 when the inmate discovered a cachet of three of the grenades-one of which has apparently already been detonated-under a mesquite tree, said Carol Capas.

"The inmate reported picking up one of the grenades and the pin actually catching on a branch of the tree and was pulled," Capas said, "so.he threw it over the right-of-way fence and then it functioned, it actually went off."

No injuries were reported as a result of the detonation, she said.

Sheriff's deputies and its bomb technician responded to the scene at about 11 a.m.

The grenades were determined to be Defense Technology brand rubber ball grenades, described as black, rubber and round by Capas.

"These are the type typically used by public safety," she said.

The single remaining undetonated grenade was taken by the sheriff's bomb technician and was scheduled to be safely destroyed.

Bepson Police were faced with another incident involving a barricaded man in the 600 block of Prickly Pear with an explosive Wednesday [Jan. 18] threatening suicide.Details were not readily available. The man who was not identified was referred for psychiatric evaluation.

Original Publication Date: January 18, 2012

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