Sheriffs find dynamite in walls of Carson City home

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Updated: 12/05/2012 12:18 pm

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.

7:45pm -- Neighbors have been evacuated from the area and a safe zone around the house of 150 feet has been created, according to our crew on the scene.

7:35PM - Our crew on the scene says the man who reported the dynamite to the sheriffs says he forgot to take some of his dynamite when he sold the house and moved.

He's not being arrested or charged.

No one lives in the home with the dynamite. The owner is in a long-term care facility in southern California.

Tahoe Douglas explosive disposal is taking x-rays of the walls and will remove the dynamite and take it to city property to be detonated.

7:10PM - According to News 4's crew on the scene, part of Division, Winnie and Bath Streets are closed due to this investigation.

Bath is closed from Nevada to Mountain, and Division is closed from Meyers to Bath, and from Bath to Adeline.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & -- Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong tells News 4 a man came into the sheriff's office and told deputies he had dynamite hidden in the walls of his home in the 300 block of Bath Street.

Carson City Fire Department has located some in the walls and Tahoe Douglas Consolidated Bomb Squad is on the scene.

Furlong says the dynamite could be 40-50 years old.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.
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corina - 12/5/2012 1:51 PM
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@Speed Thank you. They did contact my grandmothers brother late last night about this and that is how I found out today. We live in Ca so I'm concerned about how they plan on fixing that outside wall that they had to cut into to get the dynamite out. And seriously no charges at all, wth what if through his negligence that house blew up and someone was in it, also now selling the house will be hard since I would imagine there could be possibly some residue left in the walls since the dynamite was so old. I think at the very minimum he should be held liable for repairing what had to be torn down. This may be a civil matter that we will have to pursue in court I guess.

Speed - 12/5/2012 1:39 PM
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Corina; I'm SO glad your Grandma wasn't injured by this! I think your family is owed a public apology for their failure to even contact you early on with the clean up,though they might not have known who to contact. (A call to the Assessor's office could cover that.) Dynamite more than 10 years old? That Dynamite is likely pretty unstable by now-not only dangerous,but EXTREMELY dangerous!

corina - 12/5/2012 1:27 PM
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This is my grandmothers house and she is currently living with us. My grandmother and myself still have not even been contacted regarding this. I hate to think what would have happened if she had still been living there alone and she had decided to hang a new picture or something and the house blew up. Truly wish someone from the sherrifs dept would contact us and let us know the specifics and if there is any more dynamite in the house before we sell it.

corina - 12/5/2012 1:26 PM
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The house is not vacant. This is my grandmothers house she has just been gone visiting family so nooo it is not vacant.I hate to imagine what would have happened if there had been an earthquake or something.

StandsWithFist - 12/5/2012 12:43 AM
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Oh come on man.... I gotta know "Why"?????? he hid dynamite in his walls so long ago!

Speed - 12/4/2012 7:39 PM
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Just kidding-call off the dogs.

Speed - 12/4/2012 7:35 PM
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I WONDERED where I left that stuff...

StandsWithFist - 12/4/2012 6:46 PM
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