The players were programmed to go off when parishioners were in the middle of Mass, police Capt. Gary Johnson said.
Church staff personnel removed the CD players, took them to the basement and called police, who sent a bomb squad. Two of the players were blown up. Police kept the third one for analysis after determining the players were not dangerous.
Johnson told the AP that police would "run the full gamut" of tests on the player, including checking for fingerprints or DNA and tracing its components.
.- The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico was evacuated during noon Mass on Ash Wednesday, after three CD players duct-taped under pews began blaring foul and sexually explicit language, reported The Associated Press.