Saturday, August 25, 2007
Authorities closed the Champlain Canal after two buried boxes of old dynamite were found by contractors working on the General Electric Co. dredging project. Washington County officials say the dynamite is being disposed of and the canal between locks 7 and 8 in Fort Edward could reopen to boat traffic this evening or tomorrow.GE spokesman Mark Behan says contractors working on the dewatering plant for the Hudson River PCB dredging project found 50 to 60 sticks of dynamite about four feet below ground while building a wharf. He says police may have later found a third box.There were no fuses or blasting caps and evacuated residents were allowed back into their nearby homes. Fort Edward is 43 miles north of Albany.