Blast startled customers and staff inside Walmart
LEBANON, NH - Several boxes of retail fireworks, black powder and other potentially explosive materials were discovered over the noon hour on Wednesday by a contractor cleaning out a vacant house on Spring Street in downtown Lebanon.
Lebanon's police and fire departments responded to the vacant residential dwelling where they were met by a clean-up contractor who had already removed the items from the building, the fire department explained in a press release early Wednesday evening.
Lebanon contacted the New Hampshire State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit and requested their assistance with identifying the materials and around 3:30 p.m. a bomb squad supervisor arrived on the scene and determined that some of the materials were retail fireworks while others appeared to be homemade explosive devices.
Due to the uncertainty about the stability of the materials and their age, a decision was made to transport the materials to a safe location and render them safe by explosive charge.
The items were transported to the lower area at the Lebanon Landfill on the banks of the Connecticut River in West Lebanon and subsequently detonated, resulting in what police described as "four small explosions in the area."
Although at least one of the rumbling blasts put customers and staff at the nearby Walmart on edge as the sound of the detonation rolled through the large open building, the fire department release said "It is important to note that at no time was the public in danger, both at the Spring Street location and at the landfill. "
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