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Train traffic terminated after bomb found in area

By Diane Cosgrove
Anvil Herald Staff

At least three trains, two in the Hondo area and one near DíHanis, were halted for a short time late Monday afternoon as a precaution after Hondo Police received a call that what appeared to be a pipe bomb had been found in the 400 block of US 90, near Valley Mart convenience store.

Hondo Police Chief Johnny Martinez confirmed Wednesday that his officers responded to the call and determined that the object found was a homemade pipe bomb. The officers requested the assistance of San Antonio Police Departmentís Bomb Squad.

SAPDís Bomb Squad arrived on the scene with investigators from the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms). The squad detonated the bomb, then turned over the remains to ATF, who will continue the investigation, keeping Hondo PD apprised of any developments.

Potential witnesses in and around the area were interviewed, but none reported seeing anything suspicious.

After it was deemed safe to proceed, the trains were released to resume their scheduled runs.




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