9:30pm- According to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong at approximately 2:00 p.m. on December 4, 2012 Deputies were informed by an elderly gentleman that he believed he “forgot” to retrieve a case of dynamite from a residence he sold up to twenty years ago. He disclosed that the dynamite was hidden in either the east or north walls of the Bath Street home, in or around the garage, but he could not be certain.
Deputies responded to a home in the 300 block of Bath Street, along with the Carson City Fire Department. Deputies say the home was vacant. Since the nearby elementary school was about to release for the day, officials decided to secure the area around the house until the children were safely departed and then turn the operation over to the Tahoe Douglas Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit.
Deputies say by 4 p.m., the team had determined that there were sticks of dynamite hidden in at least one garage wall and by 9 p.m., the Reno disposal unit was requested to help clear the residence using advanced imaging devices.
Bath Street and the entire housing division remained closed throughout the evening. Deputies say about four residences were evacuated early in the operation, and they are expected to be able to return home safely by the early morning hours. Fire and disposal unit officials plan to dispose of the dynamite later in tonight by incineration at a safe city owned property.
According to Sheriff Furlong criminal charges are not anticipated, and the identity of the reporting person is not being immediately released. The purpose of the response was to remove any explosive devices.