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Box of dynamite found in Yavapai County by two hikers

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Courtesy: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
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Two men who were hiking in the Skull Valley area of Yavapai County on May 17 came into the Yarnell Sheriff's sub-station and told a Yavapai County Sheriff's supervisor they found a box of dynamite.

They said they came across a partially exposed metal lock box. After taking the box home, they cut the lock off and found it contained several sticks of dynamite. The two men then brought the box to the Yarnell Sheriff's sub-station.


Deputies placed the box in an unoccupied section of the station parking lot and due to the risk of detonation, several nearby areas were evacuated, including the Yarnell Justice Court, a local church, an access road, and a few homes in the vicinity. The Department of Public Safety bomb squad was notified and asked to respond. 

Just after 5 p.m., the DPS bomb squad arrived and determined there were about 25 one pound sticks of dynamite in the box. Officers placed the box in a controlled environment for a ride to a remote area north of Peeples Valley. At that location, with Yarnell Fire Officials standing by, the dynamite was detonated and rendered safe. 

The origin of the dynamite is unknown at this time. 

When finding obvious explosives, best practices would dictate NOT to move the object but simply report the content and location to law enforcement officials. DO NOT BRING SUCH ITEMS INTO POPULATION CENTERS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. Law enforcement officers will always assume any explosive material has a potential to detonate no matter the apparent condition of the material. Public safety is the no.1 priority in such instances. 

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