BCSO investigates explosion in South Valley neighborhood, suspect arrested

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an explosion happened Monday afternoon near Isleta Blvd and Bridge Blvd.

According to Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, there were no injuries or property damage. One person is in custody at this time and Gonzales says they have a criminal history. Police say 63-year-old Jess Paul lives at the residence where the explosion was heard.

Police say a search of the residence was performed and during that search located 22 explosive darts. APD bomb squad attempted to remotely disassemble one of the homemade explosive darts at which time the device detonated. Police say no one was hurt. Paul was arrested and charged with 22 counts of possession of explosive device.

The explosion happened around 1:30 p.m. in the area of Nashville Ave. Isleta Blvd was closed in both directions at Nashville Ave. until 10:53 p.m. Monday. Isleta Blvd has since been reopened.

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