LORAIN — A several block area of Lorain has been evacuated after a homeowner discovered several bags of dynamite that may date back to the 1960s.
According to Lorain police Capt. Tom Mize, two cases containing about 50 sticks of dynamite were discovered by homeowner Doug Majka underneath a pool filtration tank in the backyard of 1708 W. 23rd St.
Police expect the area — between West 21st and West 24th streets and Pole and Marshall avenues — will continue to be blocked off for several more hours while they burn the dynamite to get rid of it.
"We're burning it on the scene until it's safe to move what's left of it," Mize said. "According to the bomb people, the chance of it exploding is slim.
"Given the info that it's very old, it can be very dangerous to move," he added.
According to Mize, dynamite is illegal to own if you don't have a permit, but considering how old the dynamite might be, it's unclear who might have owned it.
Mize said the process of burning the dynamite will involve an individual in a bomb suit pouring diesel fuel on the dynamite and igniting it.
Majka, the homeowner who discovered the dynamite, said he found it last night and posted about it on Facebook. He didn't do anything else about it until this morning, when his mother instructed him to call police. Police received the call at 7:15 a.m.
"I guess mothers are always right," Majka said today.
Mize's advice to anyone else who might find an explosive on their property: "Don't mess with it" and call police.
Besides Lorain police, the Red Cross, Lorain County Bomb Squad, LifeCare and the Lorain Fire Department responded to the scene.