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.
"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.