Dynamite found under deceased Washburn man’s shedWashburn County authorities said they found 60 pounds of high explosives under the floor of a garden shed of a man who recently died.
By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
Washburn County authorities today said they found 60 pounds of high explosives under the floor of a garden shed of a man who recently died.
The dynamite sticks were found by the executor of the man’s estate who was looking for items to sell in an estate sale. They had been stashed under the floor boards in the metal shed behind the house on Main Street in Birchwood.
It was reported at about 4:15 Monday afternoon, according to a news release from Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden.
Washburn County officials called in the Marathon/Oneida County Bomb Squad, which removed 30 two-pound sticks of explosives. Authorities evacuated nearby residences for a time while the bomb squad removed the explosives. They later detonated them in a sand-gravel pit outside of the village.
There was no explanation for why the man might have stashed the explosives.