93-year-old kept dynamite for 60 years as a favor

CHICAGO (CNN/WGN) — Some homes were evacuated in a Chicago neighborhood after a cache of decades-old dynamite was found in a home.

Police say the caretaker for a 93-year-old man was cleaning up after sewage problems at the house.

The man asked her to go down to the basement to bring up a suitcase. It turns out it contained two dozen sticks of dynamite.

She called authorities, and the county bomb squad arrived as neighbors were evacuated.

“I look out the window and the bomb patrol are actually on my lawn, and I’m like, ‘That’s weird.’ That’s not your normal day,” said a neighbor. “He’s old. You don’t really expect him to have a bomb in his basement.”

The bomb squad took the dynamite to a quarry for destruction.

Meanwhile, no one was hurt in the incident, and no charges will be filed.

So where did the dynamite come from?

The 93-year-old man, a former music teacher, was apparently holding it for a friend as a favor.

The friend, who worked in construction, gave him a 50-pound suitcase filled with explosives for safekeeping 60 years ago.

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