On the morning of August 11th emergency services gathered in the town of Lund, Nevada. The Elko Bomb squad, White Pine County EMT’s and the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office were all in attendance. The source of the excitement came from a decades old abandoned milk barn. In the milk barn sat a degrading bag of dynamite, believed to come from the long-forgotten Halls Hardware in Ely, Nevada.
Owners Dustin and Brittany Hendrix had found the dynamite years back while exploring their property. At the time the dynamite looked intact so they just left it alone. Dustin’s father, Rick Hendrix checked the bag of dynamite last week and noticed it had started to degrade so they called the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office to inquire about what needed to be done to dispose of it. That’s when the Elko Bomb Squad became involved.
The milk barn sits about 10 feet off Main Street in the middle of Lund. EMT’s were on standby, as were road ops if needed to shut down the highway. They were able to safely dispose of the dynamite in a couple of hours by soaking it in water and then burning it with diesel fuel, according to Mrs. Hendrix.
Mrs. Hendrix said “we are just grateful to the Sheriff’s Office, Lund Volunteer Fire Department and the Elko bomb squad for taking care of it. We’d just hate for an accident to happen.”
The Elko Bomb Squad is one of four Bomb Squads in Nevada. The Elko Bomb Squad is responsible for Elko, Humboldt, Eureka, Lander and White Pine Counties. If you discover explosives, never try to move or touch them, contact local authorities immediately.