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All clear given after Army and bomb squad remove military item from Boulder facility

A woman brought a military item to the Boulder County Hazardous Materials Center for disposal on Wednesday, a Boulder Police spokesperson said.

BOULDER, Colo. — Members of the U.S. Army's Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team and Boulder County bomb squad evaluated a device that was taken to a Boulder hazardous materials facility on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the Boulder Police Department (BPD).

BPD tweeted Wednesday morning that a woman brought an item to the Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Center, located on 63rd Street near Arapahoe Avenue, for disposal. Boulder Police had initially said the item was brought to EcoCycle, but corrected themselves on Thursday.

Police said they evacuated the business as a precaution and treated the matter as a hazmat situation, but added there was no threat to public safety.

BPD later said the item appeared to be a U.S. military device and that members of multiple branches of the military had evaluated it. 

The item was found to be a submunition, police said. Submunitions are any of a group of smaller weapons carried as a warhead by a missile or projectile and expelled as the carrier approaches its target, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

An Army EOD team was at the site Thursday morning, BPD said. Just after 12:45 p.m., BPD said the submunition had been removed and that the hazardous materials facility along with the county's recycling center would reopen at 1 p.m.

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