- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

MUNDS PARK, Ariz. (AP) - A 32-mile stretch of Interstate 17 in northern Arizona is closed while authorities destroy old dynamite found in a ranch shed near the freeway.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says the closure between the southern outskirts of Flagstaff and a highway connecting I-17 with Sedona began at approximately 5 a.m. Friday and may last up to four hours.

Officials say a rancher discovered about 50 pounds of old dynamite on north of Munds Park and that officials decided it was safest to destroy it in place.

The blast is not expected to damage I-17 and officials say the closure is a precaution.

Northbound traffic is closed at State Route 179. Southbound traffic is closed at Kelly Canyon Road.


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