KEEDYSVILLE — A team of bomb squad technicians from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office safely disposed of blasting caps Friday afternoon at Chestnut Grove Park in southern Washington County, according to a news release.
Blasting caps are small explosives commonly used to detonate larger explosives such as dynamite, authorities said. The caps come in a variety of types, and are used in excavation, mining and demolition.
A man identified as Arlington Gifft found the caps when he was cleaning out his deceased father’s home in the 3600 block of Trego Mountain Road in Keedysville.
Gifft told bomb squad technicians that his father previously worked as a licensed blaster, and when he recognized the possible danger of the caps, he contacted the fire marshal’s office, authorities said.