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Bomb Squad Removes CdA Explosives

The Spokane Bomb Squad removed about 30 aging and corroded explosives from a Coeur d’Alene home Monday after housecleaners found them while tidying the rental property. The explosives, commonly called “railroad torpedoes” have been used to alert train conductors to trouble ahead on the tracks, said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. They are placed on the tracks and detonate when trains run over them, she said. Jim Opsal and his wife were cleaning the property around 9 a.m. when he found a three-pound Folgers can filled to the top with the explosives, he said. They had been hired by the owners to clean the property to prepare it to be rented. Opsal said he called one of the owners who told him to call 911/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Does this make you wonder whether the houses in your neighborhood might have some long-forgotten explosives or other dangerous material in them?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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