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An Explosive Find in Northern Illinois

Updated: Friday, May 23 2014, 03:01 PM CDT

CHICAGO --A scary situation developing in a Northern Illinois home this week.

The shocking discovery that was made led some homes in the neighborhood to be evacuated. This after a cache of decades-old dynamite was found in the Chicago home.

Police say the caretaker for a 93-year-old man was cleaning up after sewage problems at the house.  When he asked her to go down to the basement to bring up a suitcase. It turns out the case contained two dozen sticks of dynamite. 

She called authorities and the county bomb squad arrived to evacuate neighbors.

"I look out the window the bomb patrol is there, they're actually on my lawn and I'm like that's weird, that's not your normal day. He's old, he's like, you don't really expect him to have a bomb in his basement," one neighbor said.

The bomb squad took the dynamite to a quarry for destruction.  No one was hurt in the incident and no charges will be filed. 

So where did the dynamite come from?

The 93-year-old man, a former music teacher, was apparently holding it for a friend as a favor. 

Sixty-years ago the friend, who worked in construction, gave him a 50-pound suitcase filled with explosives for "safe-keeping."

60 years ago!

That friend then headed to California and never came back.

An Explosive Find in Northern Illinois

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