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Deputies find 600 lbs of dynamite at Tenn. house

August 12th, 2011 10:45 am by Staff Report

LAFOLLETTE (AP) — Authorities have burned about 600 pounds of stolen dynamite found at a Campbell County house by sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call Thursday night.

Authorities initially evacuated a half-mile area around the home in the Coolidge community near LaFollette. The evacuation was lifted early Friday when the Knox County Sheriff's Office bomb squad neutralized the explosives and burned them on the property where they were found.

Five families had been told to leave their homes for safety.

Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins said a man who lived at the house was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. Goins said Friday that additional charged would be filed.

"Once we were on the scene, we learned there were explosives on the property," Goins said.

Most of the dynamite was found in a small outbuilding. Some of it was under a carport attached to the structure.

Asked if police thought the explosives were planned for use in any threatening way, Goins replied, "I don't think so."

Still, Goins said the FBI and other federal agencies have joined in the investigation.

Deputy Darryl Chapman said investigators determined that what they found was commercial grade dynamite that had been stolen. Detonators and explosive cord was also found.

The sheriff said investigators will determine why it was on the property.

There were no injuries in the incident and Goins said no charges would be filed against a woman who was there.

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