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Residents uncover old dynamite near school in Lanett

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LANETT, AL (WTVM) - The Lanett Police Department confirmed that a piece of dynamite from the early 1970s was found near a school on Tuesday. 

Officials said that LPD were called to the Huguley area of Lanett on 32nd Street, near Huguley Elementary School. Two residents said they were cleaning up trash when they found what they thought was dynamite, according to an LPD press release. 

Officials from the ATF in Montgomery as well as the ALEA Bomb Squad were called to access the discovery after photos were taken and sent to ATF. 

ATF advised there was no need for evacuation of the Huguley Elementary School, but that all students and faculty remain inside of an enclosed structure. 

Contact was made with Officials of Huguley Elementary to advise them of the situation. The item found was not believed to be a cause for evacuation as determined by ATF.

"The decision was made to put the school on 'soft lockdown' to keep faculty and students inside until agents could arrive to take possession," the press release said. 

Agents arrived and determined the item was an old stick of dynamite, possibly from 1972. 

The item no longer contained ingredients that could be used in a harmful manner. 

"Due to the arrival of agents and the time parents arrive to pick up students, the road was blocked until agents took possession of the item and determined it to be safe and gave the 'all clear,'" the LPD press release said.  

Once the area was cleared, roadways were re-opened and normal traffic in the area resumed. 

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