Deputies discover un-detonated dynamite in Murphy
MURPHY, N.C. (WDEF) – Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a site on Old Ranger Road to a report of unexploded dynamite.
A concerned citizen phoned the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Monday to report what he believed to be un-exploded dynamite.
He found it at a site where a cleanup and demolition operation was being done at a old mechanic shop on Old Ranger Road just outside the town limits of Murphy.
Deputies responded to the scene and found what appeared to be an abandoned box of the explosive Powerditch 1000 which is commonly used in avalanche control. The box of abandoned explosives had been discovered when a worker was moving debris.
The scene was secured and decision was made to not move the Powerditch until the Asheville Police Department’s Bomb Squad could respond. Once the bomb squad arrived they detonated the Powerditch without incident. Murphy Fire Department assisted by providing fire apparatus.