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Posted at 6:34 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Flares, not dynamite found in Va. house

By Tom Jackman


Fairfax County police have now determined that the items found in the vacant house were not dynamite, but rather traffic flares, Officer Don Gotthardt said. Residents are being allowed to return to their homes.

Possible dynamite discovery in Va. house
3:50 p.m.
A real estate agent cleaning up a vacant house in the Falls Church area discovered what may be a box of dynamite Wednesday afternoon, Fairfax County fire officials said. As a precaution, the neighboring houses have been evacuated while explosives technicians work to determine if the box really does contain explosives.

The activity is happening at a house at 1849 Peabody Drive in the Pimmit Hills neighborhood, located just east of Tysons Corner between Leesburg Pike and the Dulles Toll Road. Fairfax fire spokeswoman Renee Stilwell said the agent discovered the box about 2:30 p.m. and called 911.

The house is at the corner of Peabody Drive and Griffith Road, which is where Peabody turns into Fisher Drive. Real estate records indicate it is a one-story, three-bedroom house which has been owned by the same person for 37 years. No one has been injured, Stilwell said.

By Tom Jackman  | March 2, 2011; 6:34 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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