Dynamite found in Jonesboro, area now clear

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro police sat out a north Jonesboro home for almost 2 hours Tuesday waiting for the state bomb squad to come and dispose of dynamite.

According to the Jonesboro Police Department, a relative found old dynamite in a backyard shed at 1016 Kitchen Street that has leaked and crystallized. JPD evacuated some homes in the area, and Kitchen Street was closed between Oak and Cherry Streets for about 2 hours.

The Arkansas State Police Bomb Squad from Little Rock arrived just after 6pm to dispose of the device. They soaked the dynamite in diesel fuel to stabilize the explosive and then were going to detonate it in a isolated, safe area.

According to JPD, the dynamite was used to train bomb sniffing dogs a long time ago, but was stored away and forgotten about by the home owner. A relative was clearing out the shed when they stumbled upon the explosive.

Police and emergency crews cleared the scene around 6:30 allowing those evacuated back into their homes.

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