Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday the 11th day of March 2011 at approximately 9:00 AM, Lee Volunteer Fire Department Chief Reese Thomas contacted the Sheriff’s Office concerning a resident at 740 Old Blue Springs Road in Lee Florida discovering some dynamite that appeared to be in poor condition.
Investigation determined that the dynamite was historically used to blow up stumps when clearing land and was at least 45 years of age. This age of dynamite was comprised of nitro glycerin and had sweated and crystallized due to improper storage.
The Sheriff’s Office immediately contacted the Bid Bend Regional Bomb Squad that is comprised of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Tallahassee Police Department, the State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Upon their arrival it was learned that there was approximately 5 pounds of dynamite in a volatile state and at a high risk of detonation.
The Bomb Squad successfully utilized a remote robot to remove the dynamite to a safe area and incinerate the dynamite without detonation (explosion).
Sheriff Stewart would ask for any and all citizens that locate such substances to not attempt to handle the product or dispose of it themselves but rather immediately contact the Sheriff’s Office for safe and proper destruction.