A Lewis County sheriff's spokeswoman says a southwest Washington man found a partially buried crate containing 300 bricks of dynamite in woods behind his house.

A Lewis County sheriff’s spokeswoman says a southwest Washington man found a partially buried crate containing 300 bricks of dynamite in woods behind his house.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown says the man may have stumbled on part of a cache of explosives believed buried in the area by a man killed in a dynamite explosion in December 1998.

Brown says the man killed 15 years ago was known to use explosives to blow up stumps on his property. After his death, deputies located several boxes of dynamite but believed there might be more hidden or buried on his large acreage.

A Washington State Patrol bomb technician has examined the dynamite found Monday and says it’s very stable. Brown says the State Patrol took over disposing of the dynamite.

Brown notes the Toledo-area man took eight bricks home to examine before alerting the sheriff’s office to his find. She cautions that it’s a bad idea to move explosives.