The explosives were discovered at around 10 a.m. Lt. Chris McIntire of the Michigan State Police said a woman found the dynamite while cleaning. The explosives are believed to have belonged to her late husband.
The state police bomb squad found approximately 35 sticks of nitroglycerin-based dynamite in a freezer. Authorities burned the dynamite on site to prevent it from detonating. No one was injured.
It's not known why the man had stored dynamite in the freezer, but McIntire believes it could have been to prevent the dynamite from "sweating," which poses an explosion risk.
McIntire said it's not uncommon for the bomb squad to be called to homes after relatives die. He said nitroglycerin-based dynamite was used years ago to remove stumps and to clear land for agricultural purposes.