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August 5, 2015

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Police investigate sticks of dynamite left downtown

Explosives found

Local authorities closed part of 15th Street and evacuated nearby residents after they discovered three sticks of dynamite left in a bag in downtown Las Vegas on Monday night.

Metro Police's armored unit and the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue bomb squad were called to 110 N. 15th Street about 9 p.m. after a security guard witnessed someone drop a suspicious-looking bag on the sidewalk and flagged a nearby patrol car.

Authorities found three sticks of dynamite in the bag, but found that they were not rigged to explode.

"They were just left in a bag," said Metro spokesman Lt. Dan Zehnder. "Witnesses said it looked like a vagrant dropped it off."

While the bomb squad was removing the dynamite, authorities closed part of 15th Street and rerouted pedestrian traffic. Some nearby residences were also evacuated.

Police have no suspect. The incident is still under investigation.

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