Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said that his office had requested assistance from ATF to dispose of a large quantity of old dynamite discovered in a farm barn in the southern part of Anson County.
The dynamite was reported to the Sheriff’s Office earlier in the week and the removal was scheduled to begin Friday morning at 8 a.m. and continue for most of the day. Local emergency management is coordinating this event with fire and rescue services standing by. Agents with ATF are actually removing the items, which may include both the old dynamite and blasting caps.
Sheriff Allen said that this was being done with the full cooperation of the property owner who actually made the original request when the dynamite was discovered.
“Thirty and 40 years ago it was not unusual for farmers to use dynamite to remove tree stumps in fields and store the dynamite in their barns to be used when needed,” Sheriff Allen said. “This is what happened here.”
Allen added that he has seen this occur several times over the years.
Officers expected to finish the removal by late Friday afternoon.