PHOENIX – Maricopa County sheriff's deputies thwarted a potentially deadly situation after discovering nearly 100 sticks of dynamite that were stolen from a Phoenix warehouse last month.
Deputies located seven sticks of dynamite near Baseline and Miller roads in Buckeye after arresting a suspect on several outstanding warrants. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office bomb squad detonated the dynamite.
Further investigation led to the discovery of another 85 sticks of dynamite stuffed into a duffel bag and hidden within 30 feet of a large apartment complex at 24th Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix.
Deputies also found dozens of blasting caps, fuses and various explosive paraphernalia. Those items were detonated on site.
According to MCSO officials, Donald McMahan admitted to stealing the dynamite from a central Phoenix storage warehouse in early June in hopes of finding a buyer.
McMahan reportedly kept the explosives with him in a hotel where he was staying for about a month before hiding it in the locations deputies searched. The hotel was within 100 yards of two schools.
Sheriff's detectives believe that all dynamite in this investigation has been located and secured.
Arpaio's explosive experts warn the public that any explosives, including dynamite, that are found should be considered potentially very dangerous and unstable.
Anyone who sees something closely resembling dynamite should contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at 602-876-1011.