- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Eight teams from around the Southwest will be putting their bomb squad robots to the test as part of a three-day competition at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The annual robot rodeo begins Tuesday.

The teams will be using their skills and their robots to search vehicles for explosive devices, recover stolen weapons and navigate obstacle courses. Other challenges include investigating possible homemade explosive labs, dealing with suicide bombers and using common tools to disable dangerous devices.

A member of Los Alamos Lab’s hazardous devices team, Chris Ory, says the competition gives bomb squad teams a chance to hone their skills in a low-risk setting.

The teams include New Mexico State Police, Los Alamos and Albuquerque police departments, the Colorado regional bomb squad and British and U.S. military teams.

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