Merced PD detonates abandoned dynamite

March 14, 2014 

The Merced Police Department’s bomb unit safely disposed of an abandoned box of dynamite that was found Thursday in a remote area of Mariposa County. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department said someone

found the wooden box containing more than 10 sticks of dynamite around 8:45 a.m. in the rural Pendola Gardens area of Mariposa County. No one was injured. The explosives were detonated without incident around noon Thursday by the Merced Police Department’s bomb unit that was called in to help, the Sheriff’s Department said in

a news release. Kristie Mitchell, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, said it was unclear where the explosives came from or how long they’d been left abandoned in that area. Fire, medical and road crews were also notified of

the discovery as a precaution, the Sheriff’s Department said.

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