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Andrews Air Force Base Searches For Missing Stick Of Dynamite

October 27, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Security police at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday were still looking for a stick of dynamite unknowingly driven off into the Maryland countryside during an anti-explosives training exercise.

The dynamite, missing since Thursday evening, could easily be mistaken for a road flare and ″is considered extremely dangerous,″ said Sgt. Janice Firth, a spokeswoman at the home base for the president’s Air Force One jet.

She said live dynamite had been planted randomly in vehicles near a training site in an exercise for explosives-detecting dogs Thursday.

However, the canine corps was beaten to the stick by a former member of the military, who, unaware the exercise was going on, drove off with two sticks of dynamite hidden under the wheel well of his Datsun pickup truck.

The man, who was not identified, drove his truck throughout Prince George’s County in suburban Maryland before police finally tracked him down Friday morning, Firth said.

One stick that apparently fell off as the man was driving away was found near the base gate, but the other is still missing, she said.

She said the 8-inch by 3/4 -inch cylinder contains 1/2 -pound of explosives and ″could be detonated by a sudden jolt, jar or drop.″

Firth said the stick has an orange wrapping labelled ″ditching dynamite.″

The spokeswoman said the training area was closely supervised and the question of how the man had been able to enter the area and drive off with a dynamite-loaded vehicle were ″being addressed.″

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