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100 sticks of dynamite found at farm bldg. in rural Hector, Minn.

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HECTOR -- Old dynamite was discovered Tuesday on a farm northeast of Hector.

After being analyzed by the Bloomington bomb squad, the metro response team destroyed the container of explosives in a nearby field without incident.

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Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said it's believed the 100 sticks of dynamite may have been inside the outbuilding for more than 40 years.

A relative of the former resident had heard there was dynamite in the shed, and after finding a box labeled "explosives," the family member reported it to the Sheriff's Office, Hable said.

Local law enforcement members who initially investigated did not open the container because of concerns the contents could have become unstable over time and exploded.

Following protocol, the Sheriff's Office requested assistance from one of the state's bomb squads. It's a policy that's followed whether there's one stick of dynamite or 100, Hable said.

"One hundred sticks struck me as quite a bit," he said.

Hable said his office fields reports every couple years about explosives being found in old farm buildings.

"Back in the day it was not uncommon for a farmer to have dynamite," Hable said. "You could buy it at a hardware store."

It was typically used to uproot tree stumps or beaver dams that could be hindering farming operations. Licenses were not required in the past, he said.

Hable advises anyone who discovers what is believed to be old dynamite not to touch or move it, but to notify the sheriff's office for appropriate action so that it can be disposed of safely.

Besides the Renville County Sheriff's Office and Bloomington bomb squad, the Hector fire department and Hector ambulance squad also assisted at the scene.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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