kaboom (not)

“There was enough dynamite there to blow up this house and the two houses on either side of it.” -Bomb Squad guy. My house was one of those “either side” houses.

Yesterday morning, after winning a knock-down, drag-out fight with WordPress, I went outside to get my vee-hickle and go forage for food somewhere. As I drove out of the driveway, I noticed a police car parked at the end of the block. I can count on one hand the number of times someone has had to call the police to our street in the last 22 years, so it is always a little odd to see a police car. What was even odder was that the cops were just kind of lounging around by the back of the car. I couldn’t figure it out. Lunch maybe?

I drove across town to Whole Foods and totally forgot about the police. But when I got back, they were still there. This was getting to be really strange. I fooled around with my hoses and sprinklers for a little bit, hoping they would do something that would give me a clue about why they were there. Finally, I went inside.

A little bit later, I looked outside again and there was another city police car, a state police car, and a big armoured truck with “Sterling Heights Bomb Squad” written on the side. At that, I decided I was done being shy. The state cop was closest, so I asked him what was going on and he said, “There’s nothing to worry about. We’re just picking something up. You’re safe Ma’am.”

Picking something up? Say what? I couldn’t think what else to ask, so I just went back inside. As it turned out, our next door neighbor, who lost her husband in March, had discovered some dynamite and other explosives in her basement. She asked another neighbor about how to dispose of it and he took one look and said, “You really need to get the police.” So she called and the bomb squad came out. They were suitably impressed with the stash and later that afternoon, I saw them in Vet’s Park having a field day blowing up various bits and pieces of dynamite or whatever burning dynamite, which is, I’m told, one way to get rid of it. Boys will be boys and most of the boys I know like to blow things up. Chris was no exception and I’m sure he’s having a good laugh over there on the other side somewhere.

I am okay and the Landfill is still intact, darn it.

7 Responses to “kaboom (not)”

  1. sam Says:

    Let’s speculate about the volume of paperwork that will be sent to Homeland Security over this incident!

  2. acourtois Says:

    That’s always an interesting speculation in this day and age. Actually, he bought the stuff back in the 70s at the hardware store. I don’t have any idea what he thought he was gonna use it for. We used to have some pretty good fireworks “wars” with him years ago.

  3. Becky Says:

    Hey – don’t they have bomb squad in A²? You stole our police chief a few weeks back so he probably brought in his buddies. Barnett Jones – is the new chief of police for Ann Arbor.

  4. frooogy Says:

    grok grok. Th’ old bag has no idea what’s goin’ on here on th’ planet. grok grok. She just THINKS she reads the newspaper. grok grok. Yep, we have yer top cop and yer bomb squad too. grok grok. an’ we aren’t givin’ ’em back. grok grok GROK groook frok grfok.

  5. Mouse Says:

    Haha! I just noticed that in your picture is my favorite yard bird! (By the way, I just freudian slipped “yard” as “yarn”. Actually though, I always do that so I guess that’s nothing too strange.)

  6. frooogy Says:

    grok grok grok. The cute birdie got sick o’ bein’ inside th’ old bag’s landfill. so it escaped. grok grok grok.

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