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339 Sticks Of Dynamite Found Near GA Wildfire

339 Sticks Of Dynamite Found Near GA Wildfire

Associated Press

June 29, 2011

WAYCROSS, Ga. — Firefighters battling a wildfire in south Georgia discovered 339 sticks of dynamite, and a U.S. Army bomb squad was called to detonate the explosives.

The dynamite was found Monday in a bunker-like structure at Okefenokee Swamp Park about eight miles south of Waycross, Ga. Park manager Martin Bell said it was left over from the construction of the park in the early 1940s.

Bell said the dynamite was far from populated areas and was discovered as firefighters were preparing a back burn of excess brush in an area the fire hadn’t reached yet.

A bomb squad from Ft. Stewart near Savannah used acetone to stabilize the dynamite and carefully moved it to a site about a mile away from any buildings to detonate it.


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