Dy­na­mite dis­cov­ered in with scrap metal

No crim­i­nal in­tent sus­pected in in­ci­dent

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

A lo­cal scrap metal yard got more bang for their buck than they ex­pected on Mon­day.

Work­ers at LB Re­cy­cling in Cov­ing­ton dis­cov­ered a box full of dy­na­mite had been de­liv­ered with a load of scrap metal shortly be­fore 3 p.m. Up to 10 emer­gency per­son­nel from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice, Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion’s Bomb Squad and the Cov­ing­ton Fire De­part­ment re­sponded to the sit­u­a­tion.

There seemed to be no crim­i­nal in­tent in­volved and no charges have been filed, ac­cord­ing to the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment.

The per­son who dropped off the scrap metal load had been clean­ing out an old busi­ness yard in Madi­son, said CPD spokesper­son Lt. Wen­dell Wagstaff.

“Whoever was clean­ing it out prob­a­bly didn’t re­al­ize what was in the boxes,” said Wagstaff.

The locked metal box had been un­opened. Ac­cord­ing to Wagstaff the lock was etched with the words “Ge­or­gia Power.” The box had been found in the busi­ness’ yard with grass grow­ing high around it.

The box con­tained one full case of dy­na­mite with 28 blast­ing caps, ac­cord­ing to CPD De­tec­tive Lt. Mark Jones.

The dy­na­mite was taken into cus­tody by the GBI af­ter the bomb squad had de­stroyed the blast­ing caps, which act as trig­gers, on- site late Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Be­cause the four com­po­nents of the ex­plo­sives had been stored sep­a­rately in the box, the ma­te­rial was not con­sid­ered volatile and there was rel­a­tively lit­tle risk of the dy­na­mite det­o­nat­ing be­cause of a stray match or spark, said Jones.

“All those com­po­nents have to be in place to have an ex­plo­sion,” said Jones.

If any­one comes across po­ten­tial ex­plo­sives or haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als, they should call 911, rec­om­mended Wagstaff.

“ It’s al­ways best to have some­one else that has ex­per­tise in that area have a look at it be­fore a per­son that doesn’t have any knowl­edge rum­mages around,” he said.

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