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Explosive materials prompts brief evacuation

July 25, 2014

Photo by Amy Cherry St. Marys Police assisted with the disposal of unintentionally recovered explosive demolition material on Friday afternoon. The material was contained inside this red pickup truck.

On Friday a St. Marys man got a little more than he bargained for while treasure hunting and accidentally stumbled upon undetonated explosives.
Tom Morelli of St. Marys purchased a box of items in Emporium while pursuing his hobby of 'picking' for unique pieces. He obtained the box as he was interested in its contents of old Pennsylvania Game News magazines, however upon later inspecting it Morelli came across a smaller box buried inside containing blasting caps and a detonation cord, which Morellli estimated were from the 1930s.
Morelli placed the explosives in a fire-proof containment box to ensure it would be safe to transport to the City of St. Marys Police Department where he arrived at 2:45 p.m.
According to a police report, officers established a safety area around the truck and evacuated two nearby homes while awaiting a response from Penn State University explosive technicians and the Pa. State Police.

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