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State Police bomb squad disposes of ‘degraded’ explosives

February 8, 2022 GMT

GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad on Tuesday disposed of 30 sticks of aging dynamite that were creating a potentially hazardous condition in the town of Georgia.

The bomb squad had been notified by members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that a licensed individual on Oakland Station Road was in possession of the degraded explosives. The explosives were possessed legally and no criminal charges were expected.

Following an operation of just over three hours, squad members used a controlled burn to safely consume 30 sticks of nitroglycerin-based dynamite that had started to display crystals of nitroglycerin on the surface, creating a potentially hazardous condition, police said.

“It was an uneventful outcome, which in this field of work is exactly how we want it,” Vermont State Police Capt. David Petersen, the commander of the bomb squad, said in a statement.