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Discovery of possible dynamite will result in road closures in south Pocatello

March 30, 2017

POCATELLO — The Idaho Falls bomb squad is en route to south Pocatello to dispose of what could be dynamite found near a trail.

A hiker was climbing the rocks in the area of the Kirkham Trail near the South Valley Connector and South Second Avenue around 5 p.m. Wednesday when he found what appeared to be multiple sticks of dynamite.

The hiker then drove to Pocatello police headquarters at City Hall to report his discovery.

Police and fire units responded to the scene and quickly found the possible dynamite. Police said the sticks could be actual dynamite accidentally left over from the 2015 construction of the South Valley Connector. Dynamite was used to clear a path for the road through very rocky terrain.

Police are strongly encouraging people to stay off the Kirkham Trail in the area of the South Valley Connector until the possible dynamite can be disposed of by the bomb squad.

The bomb squad is expected to arrive around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and plans to blow up the possible dynamite with explosives, Pocatello police said.

Once the bomb squad arrives on the scene, police said they will shut down the South Valley Connector and South Second Avenue until the possible dynamite is no longer a threat.

If all goes as planned, those roads will be shut down from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and then reopened. But they could be closed for longer if unforeseen circumstances arise.

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