Sandia Labs to conduct explosives test

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Sandia National Labs is set to test some explosives between 3:30 and 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon south of Kirtland Air Force Base.

According to a news release, Albuquerque residents could hear a small explosion and see black smoke near the base following the test.

Stephanie Holinka, a media relations contact for Sandia, said the labs conduct these experiments throughout the year, depending on what kind of work comes in. She said usually more tests are conducted in the summer months than the winter months.

No more tests are scheduled as of now, but Holinka said they usually don’t plan them with a lot of notice. When they have a client that needs to test something, the labs usually schedules it within a few days of when the request comes in.

The explosives tests are conducted in the same general area each time, Holinka said. She didn’t say what Thursday’s test was for, but Sandia’s news release stated the experiment supports the labs’ national security missions. When customers need to test something, Holika says she always asks if she can release more information, but Thursday’s client said no.

According to the news release, the test date and times could change based on weather conditions. The labs also states all hazards are controlled and the test will be conducted in compliance with environmental regulations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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