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Barn burned to ground after discovery of old explosives

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Controlled burn of barn // Photo: Lewis County Sheriff's Office Controlled burn of barn // Photo: Lewis County Sheriff's Office
Deteriorated dynamite // Photo: Lewis County Sheriff's Office Deteriorated dynamite // Photo: Lewis County Sheriff's Office
Barn before fire // Photo: Lewis County Sheriff's Office Barn before fire // Photo: Lewis County Sheriff's Office
WINLOCK, WA (KPTV) -

When a man found explosives in an old barn on his property, the bomb squad decided the best course of action was to burn the building to the ground.

Lewis County deputies responded to Hart Road in Winlock on Monday night. A man said he was cleaning out an old barn when he discovered deteriorated explosives, including dynamite.

Investigators said the explosives had likely been in the barn for several decades, well before the man took ownership of the property.

The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad determined there were several extremely volatile explosives and the safest way to handle their disposal would be to conduct a controlled burn of the abandoned barn.

The building was set on fire at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday and was pretty much gone by noon. The Winlock Fire Department conducted the controlled burn and reported no problems.

Deputies said this isn't the first time they've received reports of explosives being found in the community. The Lewis County Sheriff's Office urges people to report any such findings to authorities and do not to pick up, handle or transport anything that could be an explosive device.

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