Authorities dispose of Anson dynamite cache

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comNovember 1, 2013 

Anson County and federal officials spent much of Friday disposing of what Sheriff Tommy Allen said was “a large quantity” of dynamite discovered in a barn earlier this week.

The dynamite was found by a man in a barn on Long Pine Church Road in the southern part of the county. Authorities say the man’s father died recently, and the man’s son was cleaning out the barn on the farm.

The man reported the discovery to the sheriff’s office, and Allen said personnel from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined deputies in disposing of the explosives. Fire and rescue service staff members were nearby, Allen said.

Allen said that decades ago, farmers sometimes used dynamite to remove tree stumps in fields. They would store the dynamite in their barns.

“This is what happened here,” said Allen, who added that he has seen this happen several times.

Authorities said they expected to complete the job by late Friday afternoon.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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