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Manatee County homeowner finds explosives behind home

Posted at 12:34 PM, Feb 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-10 18:41:52-05

TERRA CEIA, Fla. — The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says a homeowner found explosives behind his home inside a large PVC pipe on Saturday.

The man found the pipe in some mangroves behind his house on Horseshoe Loop around 6 p.m. Authorities say he used a chainsaw to open it and found small cylinders inside that contained a brownish powder

Then he called the sheriff's office, who determined it did contain explosives.

The Bomb Squad took the explosives to a nearby farm on Buckeye Road and conducted a safe detonation between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m.

The sheriff's office believes the explosives were from years ago when used to form channels around Terra Ceia Bay.