published Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Explosives found by DeKalb County (Ala.) authorities

The DeKalb County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office has reported that explosives and a large quantity of detonation cord were found Wednesday after a search following information that two young men were trying to sell explosives in the Ider, Ala., area.

A news release from the sheriff’s office said ATF and Alabama Department of Public Safety Bomb Squad members took possession of the explosives for disposal.

DeKalb Sheriff Jimmy Harris said areas in Fort Payne and Ider and parts of Lookout Mountain were covered in the search for the explosives.

The names of the two young men are being withheld because of an ongoing investigation in the Fort Payne Police Department, the release said, noting that the two also were not aware of the power of the explosives in their possession.

“These young men were fortunate that an explosion did not occur while they were in possession of the material,” Harris said.

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