The Ashe County Sheriff’s Department responded to a suspicious package along Campbell Road near Warrensville Sunday around 3 p.m., according to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams.
“A citizen found what appeared to be a laptop computer bag on the side of the road and notified the deputies,” Williams said. “The deputy saw (the bag) had explosives in it. We backed off and called the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department.”
Wilkes Sheriffs sent up a bomb squad to inspect the bag, which contained dynamite and a detonation cord, according to Williams. The explosives and detonation cord were not connected to each other.
Williams said the bomb squad took the laptop bag back to Wilkes County, where officials there are determining who placed the explosives.
“We’re not sure why it was there, we are still working on that,” he said. “We suspect (the explosives) might have been stolen, but we don’t know for sure.”
Williams said the incident is an ongoing investigation.
The Ashe County and Wilkes County sheriff’s departments, along with the Warrensville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.
Campbell Road runs along N.C. 194 north of Warrensville and was shut down much of Sunday evening. Williams said the road was reopened between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Williams said there have been explosives found in the county before, but it is rare.
“This is the first time we’ve ever found explosives just on the side of the road in a laptop bag,” Williams said.
Those with any information are asked to call the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 846-5633.
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.