LA JUNTA, Colo. - The man behind the explosive device that caused a neighborhood in La Junta to evacuate on Thursday night was already in custody, according to the La Junta Police Department.
Officers had arrested Robert Nolan, 42, on possession of a controlled substance and weapons charges on Thursday morning and were executing a search warrant on his home at 515 Lawrence Avenue when they found the explosive.
The Pueblo Metro Bomb Unit was called to the home at around 2 p.m. Once they got a look at the device, the team decided to call in the U.S. Air Force bomb team to dispose of it.
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At least twenty three homes in a three-block radius were evacuated. The threat was over and residents were able to return home at around 10 p.m.
The agencies involved in this incident were the La Junta Police Department, La Junta Fire-EMS, 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, FBI, DEA, ATF, the Pueblo Metro Bomb Squad and the U.S. Air Force 21st EOD.
This is an ongoing investigation.