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Dynamite stick found in church

KELSO, Wash., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Washington state pastor said a bomb squad was called when she discovered a stick of dynamite while cleaning her church for a party.

Pastor Hanna Peterson of the First Presbyterian Church in Kelso said she was cleaning the church Wednesday for an evening Christmas party when she noticed the explosive on a bookcase, The Daily News, Longview, Wash., reported Thursday.

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"I was moving chairs and looked up and saw the nitroglycerin on it and said 'That's not good,'" she said.

Peterson said she had to make a couple calls to emergency services to explain she was dealing with a stick of dynamite, not nitroglycerine pills, but a Portland bomb squad was eventually dispatched and the church was evacuated.

The pastor said the dynamite was removed and the building was declared clear at 6:02 p.m., in time for the party to begin only two minutes behind schedule.

Peterson theorized the dynamite may have been among items that were donated for a garage sale in May. She said the item may have been set on the shelf during sorting and forgotten until its discovery Wednesday.

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