Explosive threat in La Junta confirmed, arrest made

Photo courtesy: Kristi De Leon

LA JUNTA, Colo. (KKTV) - Authorities evacuated a three-block radius in La Junta Thursday for a suspicious device. Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt, assisting the police department with information, announced 42-year-old Robert Nolan was arrested in the incident.

The fire chief with the La Junta Fire Department said the Pueblo Metro Bomb Squad were called in at about 3:15 p.m. Authorities blocked off an area from 5th to 6th Streets and from Gardner to Barnes.

It all stemmed from a search warrant at about 9 that morning. Authorities couldn't confirm if anyone was in custody, what the warrant was for, or if an arrest was made.

Around 6:25 p.m., the fire department confirmed there was an explosive threat. The United States Air Force Bomb team was called to the scene, the 21st EOD.

As of 7:45 p.m., 23 residential homes were impacted by evacuations.

At about 10 p.m., the device had been rendered safe and residents were allowed back in their homes.

On Friday the arrest of Nolan was announced on pending controlled substance and weapons charges stemming from a traffic stop at 5th St. and Santa Fe Ave.