LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Mass was interrupted on Sunday when an explosive device detonated outside a Catholic church.
The service was being filmed at Holy Cross Catholic Church when a loud noise prompted the priest to stop preparing the Holy Communion.
Monsignor John Anderson continued the service until a police officer instructed all the parishioners to make their way out of the building.
Investigators say an explosive was inside of a trash can directly next to the church’s entrance.
“We were very fortunate. Another 10 minutes, the service would’ve been over and people would’ve been coming out of that main entrance,” John Byers, a Holy Cross parishioner, said.
Another church was also targeted when an explosive was place inside a mailbox.
“There’s only so much you can anticipate and control on any given day,” said Dr. Kevin Glenn, the head pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.
So far, investigators have not found a suspect or a motive.