Police issue warning over stolen explosives

James McLeod
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 Police are worried about thieves who stole 25 pounds of dynamite from a business on Topsail Road sometime overnight Monday (Aug. 27).

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating the theft of about 25 pounds of dynamite and 35 detonators from this steel storage shed at the City Sand and Gravel facility on Topsail Road in Paradise. 

The explosives were taken from a locked shed at City Sand and Gravel in Paradise (Newfoundland) some time between 6 p.m. Monday night and 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A locked steel box which held the dynamite was stolen, along with 35 detonators.

“We’re not talking about fireworks. It was used in industrial construction, industrial blasting,” said RNC Const. Talia Murphy.

“We feel that it is a public safety concern and also we feel it is a concern for the individuals or individual who may have stolen this property.”

The theft was discovered just before 10 a.m. Tuesday when workers went to get some dynamite, and discovered that it was missing.

Larry O’Keefe, general manager at City Sand and Gravel, explained to The Telegram what the company uses the dynamite for.

“We use the dynamite for blasting out oversized rock which may get caught in our jaw during crushing operations,” O’Keefe said.

“What happened is we went to get the dynamite because we had a rock caught, and we discovered it had been broken into.”

Police said they don’t have a description of any suspect, but if anybody knows anything about the situation, they should get in touch.

These types of explosives are controlled and cannot be bought by ordinary people.

Murphy stressed that the explosives could be dangerous for the people who stole them.

The Telegram

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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