Alamogordo – Authorities discovered what appeared to be a possible explosive device at an Alamogordo Quality Inn and evacuated the hotel and a nearby restaurant.
Experts from nearby Holloman Air Force Base investigated and determined the device was part of a spent launcher motor from a Stinger missile.
Alamogordo Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Gary Smith says the device posed no danger to the public.
It was discovered at the Quality Inn on White Sands Blvd. Thursday morning and the hotel and an Applebee's restaurant were evacuated as a precuation.
Authorities don't know how the device got there and are investigating.
Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com
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