Feds take case of dumped dynamite

Dynamite that was found in a plastic case by a roadside cleanup volunteer north of Loma was later blown up by the Grand Junction Police Department Bomb Squad.

Federal authorities are looking into who purchased the approximately 16 pounds of dynamite found north of Loma.

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, want to know who bought the dynamite, believing the person who bought it will know who left the explosives 11 miles north of Loma off the side of the road on Colorado Highway 139, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sally Weese confirmed.

On Saturday, when the dynamite was found, Weese indicated the incident would not be investigated.

On Sunday, she said the incident was turned over to federal authorities.

“When dynamite is involved, the ATF investigates,” she said.

All dynamite purchased has a tracking number, she added.

The dynamite was found in a plastic case in an irrigation ditch by a volunteer on a highway cleanup crew.

Authorities were called to the scene around 10 a.m.

The dynamite had a manufacture year of 1998.

The explosives were deemed “unstable” because they had crystallized. The Grand Junction Police Department’s Bomb Squad blew up the explosives, Weese said.

She added that authorities believed the dynamite was dumped and left behind intentionally.


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