Suspicious package detected by bomb-sniffing dog at Fort Bliss

Fort Bliss_U.S. Army officials have blown up a suspicious package found near a commercial traffic gate at Fort Bliss in Texas.

Base spokeswoman Jean Offutt said the item was found by Fort Bliss law enforcement officers at about 9 a.m. Monday. It was resting along a fence near the Chaffee gate, which is used mostly for commercial traffic into the sprawling West Texas post just outside El Paso.

Offutt said an Army bomb-sniffing dog alerted its handlers to some sort of explosive scent in the package. Army explosives experts detonated the item in a field away from the gate.

No injuries were reported.

Offutt said the FBI has taken over the investigation.

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