Four cases of dynamite discovered in Tipton County barn

TIPTON COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - Tipton County investigators discovered four cases 20-year-old dynamite inside a barn.

Residents saw ATF agents and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad at the barn at Camp Road and Gilt Edge Road.

"Asked what's going on," said Bill Smith, "he said the found some dynamite down there."

The four cases of dynamite weighed over 200 pounds.

"Dynamite at 20-plus years old can be very unstable," said Lt. Shannon Beasley of the Tipton County Sheriff's Department.  "That is what makes it so explosive."

Investigators said if the dynamite blew up, it could destroy several houses in the area.

Investigators found out about the dynamite after some burglars broke into the barn and saw the dynamite.  Someone overheard them talking about going back to steal the dynamite and tipped off the Tipton County Sheriff's Department.

The bomb squad initially planned to move the case of dynamite to soak it and move it to a hole and burn it.  When they got to the dynamite, the nitroglycerin dripping from the dynamite made it too volatile to move.  They planned to soak it for a few hours and then burn it.

The person who owns the dynamite is not a suspect.  The dynamite was purchased by his father who planned to use it for farming, but never did.

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