Explosives removed from Orondo orchard

— An orchardist uncovered explosives Saturday that had apparently been buried under a brush pile for more than 30 years.

The orchardist, whose name has yet to be released, found a large metal barrel containing dynamite while clearing up a brush pile at about 12:54 p.m. at his Orondo Drive orchard, according to Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal.

"The reporting party said he had located a large metal barrel at the bottom of a brush pile," Gjesdal said. "It contained sticks of what appeared to be dynamite and blocks marked 'TNT'."

Gjesdal said the land owner told deputies he purchased the property in 1983 and didn't know about the explosives.

"The area was cordoned off with crime scene tape and an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Yakima was called," Gjesdal said.

Arriving at 6:30 p.m., the team recovered the sticks and blocks of explosives and packed them for removal.

The explosives were transported to the Army firing range in Yakima for destruction, the sheriff said.

"There were no injuries during the incident," he said. "We do not have any estimates on how much explosives were recovered or how long they had been in the orchard.


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