The Nebraska State Patrol and the Scottsbluff Police bomb squads have disposed of 17 blasting caps that were found in a Box Butte County home.

The Box Butte sheriff’s office went to the rural home to investigate a report that 17 silver blasting caps were found in a shed.

Sheriff’s deputies safely removed the caps from the shed and then alerted NSP to the situation. Troopers and officers used counter charges to render the devices safe, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said Thursday.

“Explosive devices are extremely dangerous, especially if you’re not sure where or when they came from,” said Lt. Jim DeFreece, the commander of the NSP Bomb Squad. “If you ever find a device like this, or any that may be explosive, call 911 and alert your local law enforcement agency immediately.”

The NSP bomb squad assists local law enforcement throughout the state and would like to thank the Scottsbluff Police Department for their assistance in this case, Thomas said.