The Albuquerque police bomb squad cleared Calvary church of threat at about 5 p.m. after a church employee reported a suspicious package just after 4 p.m. in the wake of two explosions at churches in Las Cruces Sunday morning.
Police cordoned off the Calvary church on Jefferson Street in the middle of services to investigate a report of a possible “suspicious package”.
Police spokesman Simon Drobik said the church received a package, a “suspicious” one, and staff decided to evacuate the building and cancel services. He provided no further details.
The investigation comes after two explosions at churches Sunday morning. A Calvary church staff member said the call was made by a “newer staff member” who decided that a piece of mail was suspicious and decided to call 911 out of an abundance of caution considering Sunday morning’s events.
Staff member Jared Humphries, like other church members who stood outside the police tape Sunday afternoon, declined to say what might have been suspicious about the package. He said all of the church’s staff are trained to keep their eyes open for possible threats to the church, including mail that is suspicious.
He said the church was “taking extra precautions because of what happened in Cruces”.