Experts neutralizing old dynamite |

Experts neutralizing old dynamite

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Two firms hired to dispose of mining-era dynamite discovered in Empire Pass conducted successful test burns on Thursday, City Hall said.

Phyllis Robinson, a spokesperson for the local government, said on Friday the blasting firms are monitoring weather forecasts as they set a schedule for disposing of the dynamite through the controlled burns. A statement from City Hall said the dynamite will be chemically neutralized and then burned.

She said about 60 of the approximately 300 sticks of dynamite that were found had been neutralized by midday Friday. A completion date has not been set.

Construction workers digging with heavy machinery on Monday discovered the dynamite at the site of the Montage, which is on the slopes of Deer Valley Resort and close to where the Daly West silver mine once operated.

City Hall said between six and eight cases of dynamite were found. The dynamite dates to the late 1890s or early 1900s.

Robinson said trails close to the site remain closed, but bicyclists have been ignoring closure signs. She said security guards have put up police-line tape at the trail closures.