- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Department of Transportation officials say Interstate 17 in Flagstaff won’t be closed after all after hazardous material was discovered in a shed near the highway.

They say a rancher discovered about 50 pounds of old dynamite on the east side of Newman Park, north of Munds Park.

The hazardous material can’t be safely removed, so authorities originally planned to destroyed it in place.

While no damage was expected to occur to I-17, ADOT officials planned to close the highway for up to four hours Thursday afternoon as a precaution.

But they later decided against the closure as law enforcement considers the best way to remove the dynamite from the shed.


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