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Dozens of homes evacuated after explosive material discovered in Mahogany

Early Saturday evening, police say the explosive was removed from the area and detonated at a safe location. Phil Heidenreich/Global News

CALGARY – Residents in the southeast community of Mahogany returned to their homes on Saturday night following an explosives scare earlier in the day.

At about 9 a.m., police and fire crews were called to Mahogany Bay after a contractor discovered a detonation cord in a large piece of decorative granite at the front of a home.

Police say the 1300 kilogram piece of granite had a borehole in it and contained what they believe was some unexploded ordinance from manufacturing in a quarry.

About a dozen homes were evacuated as a precaution while bomb technicians were called in to assess the situation.

Early Saturday evening, police say the explosive was removed from the area and detonated at a safe location.

With files from Carolyn Kury de Castillo

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