Acting on a Utah State Prison parolee's tip, Department of Corrections officers recovered 30 sticks of dynamite under debris at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Explosive-sniffing dogs assisted the officers in locating the dynamite.Corrections spokesman Dave Franchina said the dynamite, believed buried for the past eight years, was recovered Oct. 20, but he just learned of the incident Thursday.

Franchina said the intended use of the explosives was unknown. Investigators did not say how the parolee, who was not identified, knew of the dynamite's whereabouts.

Franchina said the explosives had begun to leak nitroglycerin and were volatile. The Metro Bomb Squad burned the dynamite on the spot.

The dynamite was inside a steel bucket and buried under about 4 inches of soil.