Los Angeles: Steady nerves and patience – How a bomb squad defused a box of old dynamite in Glendora


Many people store things in their basement and forget about them. It’s not often that the forgotten thing turns out to be dynamite.

Such a discovery over the weekend in a Glendora basement in the 200 block of East Bennett Avenue required the Glendora police to evacuate nearby residents and call in Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad.

“It happens, but it is very rare,” said Det. Cindy Valencia, a member of the bomb squad who was dispatched to the scene on Saturday.

According to Valencia, the great-grandson of a deceased homeowner was cleaning out the basement when he stumbled upon 22 sticks of very old dynamite in a cardboard box.

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Source: The Los Angeles Times