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So. Baptist, Catholic Churches Rocked by Explosion in New Mexico; Police Investigate if It's Bomb

So. Baptist, Catholic Churches Rocked by Explosion in New Mexico; Police Investigate if It's Bomb

Dennis Llewellyn, member of Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico, talks about watching a mailbox blow up just outside the church Sunday, Aug. 2, only 30 minutes before an explosion rocked a Catholic church across town. Officials are investigating both blasts. Llewellyn, a former Marine demolitions expert, said the device in the mailbox was an obvious bomb. | (Screengrab: Fox/Courtney Schoenemann)

Explosions rocked a Southern Baptist church and a Catholic church in Las Cruces, New Mexico today within 30 minutes of each other, causing no injuries and only minor damage, according to a local newspaper.

Police are investigating the blasts that disrupted morning services at Calvary Baptist Church, and at Holy Cross Catholic Church, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

"It was a real bomb, I saw all the parts," Dennis Llewellyn, a member of Calvary Baptist Church, told Las Cruces Sun News.

The former Marine who said he was a demolitions expert, was outside when the explosive detonated inside a mailbox next to the church. He told the newspaper he and Mike Stewart kept worshipers from going inside the church until police arrived.

The debris, shrapnel, and damaged mailbox appeared to contain a bomb – parts that Llewelly said he could identify from a battery and other obvious materials.

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