Merced police detonate dynamite abandoned in Mariposa County

The Merced Police Department’s bomb disposal unit safely destroyed an abandoned box of dynamite that was found Thursday in a remote area of Mariposa County.

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department said an individual found the wooden box containing more than 10 sticks of dynamite about 8:45 a.m. in the rural Pendola Gardens area of Mariposa County.

No one was injured.

The explosives were detonated without incident about noon Thursday by the Police Department’s bomb unit, which was called in to help, the Sheriff’s Department said in a brief news release.

Kristie Mitchell, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, said it was unclear where the explosives came from or how long they had been in the area.

Fire, medical and road crews were notified as a precaution, the Sheriff’s Department said.