SANTA FE (AP) – Authorities say two hikers unknowingly found an inert bomb in the Santa Fe area wilderness.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the men were hiking Rowe Mesa on Friday afternoon and found the missile-shaped object.
Police say the men loaded the metal device into an SUV.
But the pair called Santa Fe police after arriving in Santa Fe and were advised to immediately stop driving and wait for emergency responders.
Police spokeswoman Lt. Andrea Dobyns says Air Force officials X-rayed the device and determined it was inert.
The item has since been sent to Kirtland Air Force Base.
Dobyns says no one was injured and anyone who finds a possible explosive should immediately notify law enforcement.