Neighborhood evacuated after dynamite discovered in home

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CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. —

State Police in Uniontown said that a man is facing several charges for taking home sticks of dynamite from work, placing them in a closet and leaving them behind after he moved out.

Investigators said the suspect's estranged wife called police on Sunday after finding the aforementioned dynamite inside her house on River Avenue in Connellsville.

Several nearby homes were evacuated while authorities investigated and the bomb squad worked to remove the dynamite from the home.

Officials said Brian Allen Walter, 47, of Uniontown, had previously worked for an aggregate company and supervised explosive details at that site.

Police said during an interview that Walter admitted to taking the dynamite from his employer, Hanson Aggregates in Bullskin Township, and placed them in his closet at the home where he was then living.

Walter was charged with arson, recklessly endangering another person, weapons of mass destruction, theft by unlawful taking and causing or risking a catastrophe.

Walter remains in the Fayette County Prison on $15,000 bond.