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Area south of Berkeley Springs reopened

May 04, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

Editor's note: An earlier version of the following story appeared in the print edition of The Herald-Mail on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, and in the online edition on Monday, May 3. The story below was an update posted online the morning of May 4.

Later on May 4, West Virginia State Police announced that no dynamite had been found at the site. That story can be found here.




BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. --An area south of Berkeley Springs that was closed Monday afternoon after several sticks of dynamite were discovered by workers was reopened Tuesday at 9:40 a.m., officials said.

The area was reopened after the dynamite was removed Tuesday morning, according to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

Water-line replacement workers on Monday found the dynamite on Richards Street off U.S. 522, a county official said.

Morgan County Office of Emergency Services Director Dave Michael said the workers called 911 and reported finding the dynamite.

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West Virginia State Police said more information would be released Tuesday.

Michael said Monday that West Virginia State Police Sgt. Scott Davis, the Morgan County detachment commander, called in Cpl. Lonnie Faircloth, an explosives technician from Inwood, W.Va.

The explosives technician returned to the site Tuesday morning, state police said.

The sheriff's department rerouted traffic around the side streets of Berkeley Springs High School while the area was being assessed, Michael said.

Michael said the explosives might have been put in place many years ago during previous road construction or to build a retaining wall.

U.S. 522 was open early Monday evening but was to be rerouted again when work resumed Tuesday, Faircloth said.

Berkeley Springs High School was open Tuesday, a school receptionist said.

Staff Writer Julie E. Greene contributed to this story.

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