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200 Pounds Of Dynamite Found In Old Packing House; Safely Detonated

Some 200 pounds of dynamite, found in an old packing house in Beaufort County, was safely detonated today.

County officials say a resident living near Clay Bottom Road and Highway 33 East Creek called them after making the discovery last night.

Emergency Management Coordinator John Pack says the woman recently acquired the property after her mother passed away and made the discovery while doing inventory inside the building.

A total of 97 sticks were found. The woman told authorities that the dynamite was "sweating", and Pack says that does have the potential to be dangerous.

The outbuilding was secured overnight.

An explosives ordinance unit from Fort Bragg responded, removed the explosives from the outbuilding and then took them to a nearby Weyerhaeuser property and successfully detonated them around 1:40 p.m.

Pack says the dynamite was 200-300 yards behind the woman's home, and that could have been in danger if it had exploded. He said the closest neighbor is a quarter of a mile away, and wasn't in danger, nor were any vehicles traveling on Highway 33.

The county says the property owner did the right thing in notifying them and will not face any charges.


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