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Investigators recover 352 pounds of stolen dynamite in Lancaster County

Maria Yohn
York Dispatch

A portion of the 704 pounds of dynamite that was reported stolen in Lancaster County has been discovered by federal authorities.

Special agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the assistance of Pennsylvania State Police troopers and Susquehanna Regional Police Department officers, discovered the dynamite Friday, April 20, after receiving a report of possible explosives that were discarded in a creek near Riverfront Park, 551 Vinegar Ferry Road in East Donegal Township, Lancaster County.

Several days earlier, federal authorities were notified that 704 pounds of dynamite and 400 blasting caps had been stolen from a pipeline work site in Marietta, Lancaster County, sometime between Friday, April 13, and Monday, April 16, according to ATF spokeswoman Charlene Hennessy.  A general contractor had stored the explosives in a locked truck trailer prior to the theft, Hennessy said. 

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Upon arrival at Riverfront Park, investigators found numerous blasting caps and dynamite cartridges floating in a creek underneath a railroad overpass with identification markings matching the stolen items, according to an ATF news release.

A more extensive search of the area revealed 352 pounds of dynamite and a total of 404 blasting caps. 

The ATF will continue to investigate the case, and the $20,000 reward offered is still active for information that leads to the identification and/or arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the theft, according to the release. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB (1-888-283-2662). Tips can also be submitted by using the Reportit app, available at www.reportit.com. All tips are kept confidential.