WW II bomb found and investigated.

On Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, the Otero County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of Fort Carson Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel, and Law Enforcement from the US Forest Service, rendered safe a 500 pound WWII Era bomb, which was located by the Sheriff’s Office last week in the Comanche Grasslands. Most of the day was spent uncovering the bomb to determine what it may have contained, and it was not until after EOD had detonated a small explosive charge on the device, that it was determined to have been filled with cement and was a training bomb, dropped decades ago by bombers making training runs.

This operation took a great deal of coordination with the Otero County Health Department, State Department of Health and Environment, Federal officials at the US Forest Service and US Army, Colorado State Patrol, and La Junta Fire Department. The expertise and professionalism of the Fort Carson EOD specialists and preventative measures from the Fire Department, to mitigate risk of fire, and damage to the environment were exceptional.

The device was in a remote area and there were no houses or livestock in the area.