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Dynamite found in Nash tobacco barn

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Authorities detonated this 50-pound box of dynamite Thursday that was found in a tobacco barn outside Middlesex. It is believed the dynamite could have been in the barn since the 1930s.

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By PHILIP SAYBLACK
Staff Writer

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Nash County road was temporarily closed Thursday after an explosive discovery.

Nash County deputies responded to a report of a box of dynamite found at 10:30 a.m. in a tobacco barn off N.C. 231 near Middlesex. They said Raleigh resident and former Nash County resident Everett Strickland told them he found a box holding 50 pounds of dynamite in the barn on property he owns. Strickland said the property had been vacant since the early 1980s.

The Fort Bragg Explosive Ordinance Demolition Unit and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation Bomb Squad responded after being contacted by deputies. An investigation found the dynamite had crystallized, meaning it had become unstable. After determining this, the decision was made to detonate the explosives.

No one was living near the tobacco barn, but N.C. 231 was temporarily closed to protect drivers since the barn was close to the road. A press release from the Sheriff’s Office said Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools was contacted about the closure so bus drivers could plan detours. 

After closing the road, the explosives were taken into a field behind the property and destroyed. Deputies said Strickland told them the dynamite likely had been on the property since the 1930s. They said Strickland told them he believes that because he remembered his grandfather using dynamite to destroy tree stumps on the property when he was a boy.

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