By Associated Press - Friday, May 22, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - FBI officials have detonated a batch of old dynamite discovered at a mining camp north of the Eureka Roadhouse along the Glenn Highway.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports ( ) the dynamite was discovered Wednesday by the property’s new owner. An FBI explosive ordinance disposal unit was taken to the mining camp in the historic Valdez Creek Mining District in an Alaska State Troopers helicopter.

A state troopers spokeswoman says the owner discovered blasting caps and the dynamite at the camp, which she described as at least five “sweating” dynamite sticks.

Dynamite is composed of a stabilizing agent mixed with nitroglycerin, an explosive liquid that will “sweat” over time from the dynamite. This makes it more dangerous.

An Anchorage FBI spokesman says the dynamite couldn’t be removed safely, so it was deliberately detonated.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News,

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