Uruguay's government says security forces found a small explosive device near a building housing the Israeli Embassy, and safely detonated it.

The Interior Ministry says police dogs detected the explosive in a supermarket bag during a routine check Thursday.

The area around the device was evacuated as explosives experts detonated it.

The ministry communique notes that the embassy is located on the ninth floor of one tower in the office complex. But it does not say if the embassy is believed to be the target.