ORONDO – More than 100 pounds of dynamite and other explosives were found March 13 in a locked shed on Nollmeyer Road near town.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded just after 10:45 a.m.
The property recently was purchased and the new owner found the explosives. A previous owner apparently placed them in the shed.
A deputy found about 110 pounds of dynamite, blasting caps and fuses. They were in a working orchard within 150 feet of an occupied home.
The person who had been licensed to have the explosives had moved and could not be contacted, Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said. The explosives license expired on 2009.
The state Department of Labor and Industries and Washington State Patrol were notified.
Deputies guarded the scene until a bomb disposal team arrived and removed the explosives, Gjesdal said.
The case was turned over to L&I, which licenses explosives handlers, for further investigation.