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Oakley neighbors evacuated Thursday while bomb squad removed explosives from shed
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Oakley neighbors evacuated Thursday while bomb squad removed explosives from shed

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The Twin Falls Police Bomb Squad robot picks up a bottle of Gatorade on Thursday, June 15, 2017, during a training exercise at the Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls.

OAKLEY — The discovery of old mining explosives in a refrigerator Thursday prompted a four-hour evacuation of part of town.

Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said the department received a call at about 6 p.m. from a man who was remodeling a house at 195 Wilson Ave. in Oakley. The man said there were explosives in an old refrigerator in a shed on the property.

The sheriff’s office evacuated nearby residents, Warrell said.

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Oakley High School was opened so the displaced residents had a place to go, Cassia County School District spokeswoman Debbie Critchfield said.

The Twin Falls Police Department’s bomb squad was called and used equipment to open the fridge and remove what turned out to be a small amount of detonating cord, used in mining operations, Warrell said.

Detonating cord is a hollow tube filled with an explosive substance.

The amount of explosive material was less than originally suspected, Warrell said. Generally, if the explosives can be moved, they are removed and detonated at a different location, he said. Residents were able to return to their homes at about 10 p.m.

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