The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit secured a box of blasting caps last week after a man attempted to drop them off at the Philomath fire station.
The man found the explosives while cleaning out his father’s house in Lebanon, and he then transported them to Philomath in the back of his pickup, said Philomath Fire Chief Tom Phelps.
Oregon State Police’s Sgt. Kevin Delgrande reminds members of the public that old dynamite or blasting caps can be dangerous if they are no longer in their respective manufactured condition. They may be more sensitive to static that could lead to them detonating if they are mishandled, he said.
Delgrande recommends that people not move or touch the items, but instead contact the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit for advice.
“We are more than willing to consult with someone on the phone,” he said, “or respond to the location where the items are located, and destroy or remove them utilizing our equipment and training for explosive materials.”
The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit can be contacted through local police or fire agencies or directly by calling 1-800-452-7888.
The last time the Explosives Unit responded to Philomath was in 2010 for a box of dynamite that new homeowners found in the attic of their garage.