Suspected dynamite in Springfield turns out to be old road flares

Several sticks of suspected dynamite found at a Victory Drive house Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Springfield led to the evacuation of homes and others ordered to shelter in place. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Several sticks of suspected dynamite found at a Victory Drive house Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Springfield led to the evacuation of homes and others ordered to shelter in place. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

A scare after several sticks of suspected dynamite were found Wednesday afternoon during a cleanout of a Springfield house led to evacuations and shut down a residential street in the city.

The suspected dynamite was reported around 2:15 p.m., but the Dayton Bomb Squad determined the 14 sticks were old road flares that likely were inert.

Following the report, the Springfield Fire Division evacuated the adjacent homes and the one across from the house in the 1700 block of Victory Drive as a precaution.

Other residents were ordered to shelter in place and Victory Drive was blocked to traffic.

The scene was cleared around 4:45 p.m.

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Springfield police and fire blocked off Victory Drive after people cleaning out a house found suspected dynamite. The Dayton Bomb Squad determined the 14 sticks were old road flares. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Springfield police and fire blocked off Victory Drive after people cleaning out a house found suspected dynamite. The Dayton Bomb Squad determined the 14 sticks were old road flares. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

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Springfield police and fire blocked off Victory Drive after people cleaning out a house found suspected dynamite. The Dayton Bomb Squad determined the 14 sticks were old road flares. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

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