Old, volatile explosives found in Lewis County

Old, volatile explosives found in Lewis County

Credit: Lewis Co. Sheriff's Office

Commercial blasting caps, considered to be old and volatile, and detonator cord were found in a wooded area in Winlock, Wash., July 3, 2012.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM

A group of kids in Winlock, Wash., did the right thing Tuesday morning when they found two buckets full of commercial blasting caps and detonation cord. They stayed away and told their parents.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says the explosives were found on property belonging to a man who had passed away. The kids were playing on the property in the 1000 block of North Military Road and found the items in a wooded area behind the house.

The Sheriff's Office said the items were old and in poor condition, making them particularly volatile. A Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad detonated them.

"This incident could have had a tragic outcome if the kids in this case had handled these items rather than alerting an adult.” Sheriff Steve Mansfield. “As we near the 4th of July, when fireworks and sometimes illegal explosives are handled, it is important to remember to use caution and not become a victim of a preventable injury or death.”

Information compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman
 

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