WASHINGTON TERRACE -- A local homeowner decided it was better to be safe than sorry and called Weber County deputies to remove what she thought was a stick of dynamite from her home.
Deputies along with firefighters responded to the home near Ridgeline Drive on Wednesday night to examine the object and remove it.
They determined that it was in fact a stick of dynamite used for mining, but it was stable and not likely to go off accidently, officers on scene said. The explosive was not nitroglycerin based.
Virginia Stitzer said her son-in-law had brought it home one day. A friend said they found it inside a cave near Reno, Nev., and gave it to him as a gift, assuring him that it was safe. The stick was marked with the year 1949.
As her daughter was moving things out of the house, Stitzer noticed the stick. Not wanting to take a chance, she decided to call police, she said.
Deputies say it's never a good idea to keep dynamite around the house, no matter how supposedly safe it is. Authorities should be called as soon as possible to dispose of it.
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