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PHOENIX - Phoenix police located a container with explosives inside a cooler they say was stolen during a routine training exercise Friday at Sky Harbor International Airport.
After a weekend-long search police located the explosives near 19th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road intact.
According to police, a motorist saw the container on the side of the road, recognized it from media reports and called police.
The search began on Friday when the exercise was was being done with canines assigned to the public area of Terminal 4.
Police say around 2:30 p.m. the blue Igloo container was set out in the public area as part of the training, but was stolen by an unknown individual.
The container had two 1/2-pound tubes of Cast Booster explosives with the letters C B written in white letters on the bottom of the cooler.
Police say the tubes are about 5 inches in height and about 1.5 inches wide.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said the Cast Booster explosives are the type used across Arizona in the mining industry.
Thompson said the explosives were very stable and cannot be detonated without additional equipment and "some degree of expertise."
Police aren't answering additional questions about the theft.
Anyone with information is asked to call Phoenix Police at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-Witness.