LAQUEY — A Pulaski County deer hunter made an unexpected find in the woods early Saturday morning, when he came across a substantial amount of explosives in the Mark Twain National Forest, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.
Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long said the hunter discovered the explosives on a jeep trail where the man normally camps during hunting season. Long said the explosives located in the forest near South Highway 17, south of Laquey.
The hunter immediately left the location and contacted the sheriff’s department.
A responding deputy verified that the items were explosives and secured the area.
The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) from Fort Leonard Wood was dispatched to the scene, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s EOD Unit and the Waynesville Rural Fire Department.
Long said the explosives were detonated at the site because they were too volatile to move.
A small fire resulted from the detonation but was quickly extinguished by the fire department.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information about this offense and asks that anyone with information about the above incident call the sheriff’s office at 573-774-6196, or call 911.
The unlawful possession of explosives is both a state and federal crime.
Police described the explosives as something that could not be bought for recreational use.
Photo by Natalie Sanders.