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A bomb call placed Friday morning to the Artesia Police Department turned out to be a false alarm.

Officers were dispatched just before 9 a.m. Friday to the Dollar General on First Street in reference to a report of a bomb.

According to Cmdr. Lindell Smith of the APD, a known individual had informed a Dollar General employee there was a bomb under the store.

As the store is built on a concrete base with no crawl space beneath, the likelihood was slim, but officers checked the store regardless and did not locate a bomb.

Smith said the person issuing the warning was likely experiencing a “loss of control, reality of perspective.” He says charges are possible.