Explosions shock congregants at 2 New Mexico churches

While waiting in a staging area, Holy Cross Catholic Church Pastor John Anderson tries to get in touch with other local churches to warn them of the two explosions that occurred and to be vigilant, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Las Cruces, N.M. Churchgoers were left shaken during Sunday morning services after authorities say explosions occurred less than 30 minutes apart outside two Las Cruces churches. (Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
While waiting in a staging area, Holy Cross Catholic Church Pastor John Anderson tries to get in touch with other local churches to warn them of the two explosions that occurred and to be vigilant, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Las Cruces, N.M. Churchgoers were left shaken during Sunday morning services after authorities say explosions occurred less than 30 minutes apart outside two Las Cruces churches. (Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants at two churches in southern New Mexico.

There were no injuries or deaths from the blasts Sunday morning outside Calvary Baptist and Holy Cross Catholic in Las Cruces.

Authorities are working to determine who planted the explosives and whether the blasts were related.

Several agencies including the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and New Mexico State Police are assisting with the investigation.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the first explosive device went off at about 8:20 a.m. in a mailbox near Calvary Baptist.

The next blast came from a trash can outside Holy Cross Catholic at about 8:40 a.m.

The churches are fewer than 4 miles apart.

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