A BOMB disposal team carried out a controlled explosion in Kirkburton - after a bizarre alert.
Army experts were called into the village yesterday afternoon after old sticks of dynamite were found during building work at Emley Business Park on Leys Lane.
The incident just before 1pm sparked rumours of a terrorist attack and streets around the police station were cordoned off for several hours.
A police spokesman said police were alerted at 12.51pm after a caller said an old hessian bag containing about a dozen sticks of dynamite had been unearthed on the former colliery site.
The Business Park was built on the site of the former Emley Moor pit, which closed many years ago.
An officer was sent to Emley and he removed the bag from the business park and drove to Kirkburton Police Station in Shelley Lane, where bomb disposal teams were notified.
The Army carried out a controlled explosion in fields adjacent to Huddersfield Road at about 4.20pm. The area remained cordoned off until about 4.40pm.
Jack Taylor, of Kirkburton Newsagents on North Road, said: "They shut the whole village off and nobody knew what was going on.
"No-one was allowed into the centre for about half an hour.
"All the traffic was diverted. It was chaos. I wasn't evacuated though."
He said schoolchildren were also kept behind until the area was cleared.
He added: "I have been through two world wars so I wasn't worried."