A Cherry Point bomb squad has disposed of old dynamite that was found in an abandoned home in Lenoir County.
Authorities say people cleaning out the home on Jonestown Road made the discovery around 9:30 a.m. Emergency Services Director Roger Dail estimates the 12 sticks of dynamite are between 20 and 30 years old.
He said neighbors were evacuated and the road shut down because nitroglycerin was leaking out of some of the sticks. The Explosive Ordinance Detail from Cherry Point burned off the dynamite.
The road reopened around 2:45 p.m.
Dail said it is not uncommon for old dynamite to be found in rural areas.