FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Interstate 17 in Flagstaff was closed after Arizona Department of Transportation officials said hazardous material was discovered in a shed near the highway.
They say a rancher discovered about 50 pounds of old dynamite on the east side of Newman Park, north of Munds Park.
While no damage was expected to occur to I-17, ADOT officials closed the highway Friday at 5:00 a.m. as a precaution. It re-opened round 7:45 a.m.
Northbound traffic was closed at State Route 179 (milepost 299) and southbound traffic was closed at Kelly Canyon Road (milepost 331). Non-commercial traffic had to detour using State Route 89A.
"The closure is for police activity near I-17 at Newman Park Road where the Arizona Department of Public Safety will be safely disposing of hazardous materials that are best destroyed in place," stated ADOT's David Woodfill.
Arizona milepost map: www.azdps.gov/pau/mileposts.svg
DPS video of the dynamite disposal: http://buff.ly/1Y6eZHr
At 5 am, I-17 will close in both directions from near Flagstaff to SR 179 (Sedona turnoff) for a DPS operation: https://t.co/LVQjiR59jK— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 3, 2016
Oh my. Dynamite found in Munds Park I-17 closed in that area from 5am-9am this morning, experts have to set it off, can't be moved.— SylesteFox10 (@SylesteFox10) June 3, 2016
Alert! Old dynamite to be destroyed in place. https://t.co/VrVfisIzau— Kameron Lee, PIO (@dps_pio_lee) June 2, 2016