Labrador helps troopers defuse situation

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Chalk up one more save to man’s best friend.

A hiker in Sitka was alerted to the presence of some unexploded commercial dynamite last Tuesday after the hiker’s labrador retriever found the explosives under a fallen tree, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Photo from Alaska State Troopers Facebook

The Deputy State Fire Marshall Jeff Morton was called to Sitka, along with the FBI. Assisted by local law enforcement and medical personnel, agents donned bomb suits and “gingerly removed” the explosives, which were revealed to be old commercial explosives.

FBI explosives specialist Ben Mattson suits up in protective gear last Tuesday in Sitka. (Photo from AST Facebook)

Then, they detonated the explosives in a safe place.

The dynamite presented a “precarious and highly dangerous situation,” says the Facebook post.

Alaskans are reminded to never touch explosives they find and to immediately contact appropriate personal.

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