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Boulder, Co. ( Tribune News Service) — Boulder police said U.S. military officials were able to safely remove an item found at a recycling facility in east Boulder on Wednesday.

The item was dropped off by a woman Wednesday at Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility, 1901 63rd St.

Boulder police initially mistakenly identified the facility as EcoCycle before correcting the information in a tweet Thursday.

Police initially called it a hazardous materials situation, but then called in an army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit when it was discovered the item appeared to be a military device.

Officials said the item was labeled “inert” but that they could not assume it was safe at the time.

The item was identified as submunition, a small weapon or device that is part of a larger warhead or projectile and separates from it prior to impact. The item was safely examined and removed by the Boulder County Regional Bomb Squad and the U.S. Army.

The recycling facility was reopened at 1 p.m. Thursday.

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