At approximately 9:30 a.m. yesterday a search warrant was executed in the 500 block of Lawrence by La Junta Police Department. A mandatory evacuation ensue when a potential explosive device was discovered.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. yesterday a search warrant was executed in the 500 block of Lawrence by La Junta Police Department.

Officers discovered a potential explosive device during the search. Additional agencies were contacted for assistance. The Southern Region Bomb Squad Response team arrived at approximately 2:22 p.m. After further recon and investigation it was determined that there was an explosive threat and additional assistance was requested from the United States Air Force Bomb team. An evacuation was completed for a three block radius by door to door notification and CODE RED.

Agencies assisting in the search include, La Junta Police Department, La Junta Fire-EMS, 16th Judicial District Attorney, FBI, DEA, and the ATF.

At approximately 10 p.m. the mandatory evacuation was lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The investigation is ongoing.