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Forum News Service, Published June 25 2013

Dynamite found under deceased Wisconsin man’s shed

BIRCHWOOD, Wis. - Washburn County authorities said Tuesday that 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 floorboards in the metal shed behind the house in Birchwood.

It was reported about 4:15 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden.

County officials called in the Marathon/Oneida County Bomb Squad, which removed 30 two-pound sticks of explosives. Authorities evacuated nearby residences while the bomb squad removed the explosives. They later detonated them in a sand/gravel pit outside the village.

There was no explanation for why the man might have stashed the explosives.