Sutherlin OR (KMTR) An Sutherlin employee discovered a pack of suspicious sticks Thursday that turned out to be detonators for dynamite. The woman who found the bundle didn't think much about it, until she called authorities who told her to put it down and get out.
Julie Kennedy says while cleaning out overdue storage units, it's pretty common to see something uncommon, but even for her, explosives are a first.
She works at Stow Away Mini Storage. Thursday she was cleaning out a past due unit and she found several blasting caps. She put them in a bag, set them aside, and called authorities.
They told her to leave them alone and get out of the building immediately. A bomb specialist was called in to handle the explosives. He told her she got lucky, even the bag she put the caps in could've set them off.
"He told me that when you put it in the plastic bag, any static electricity could have set it off and had you stuck your hand in there; your hand could have come off."
The blasting caps were taken by police for disposal. It is against the storage unit policy to house any explosive items. Police say the man who rented the storage unit, Jody Martin, is a felon, and not allowed to have explosives period. Police contacted Martin a short while later; he was cited and released for unlawful use of an explosive.