Case of the missing dynamite still open

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Police want to find stolen explosives

The RNC started an investigation into the theft of 25 pounds of dynamite and 35 detonators at the City Sand and Gravel facility on Topsail Road in Paradise on Aug. 28, 2012. Officers enter the main gate area to go speak with company officials about the theft.

It has been almost a year since police in

St. John’s issued a warning to the public about the theft of dynamite and detonators from a business in Paradise, but the missing explosives have yet to be found.

“(The dynamite) has not been located yet and the investigation is still ongoing,” RNC Const. Talia Murphy confirmed, in response to an inquiry by The Telegram this week.

It was Aug. 28, 2012, when workers at City Sand and Gravel in Paradise discovered an estimated 25 pounds of dynamite and 35 detonators missing from a shed at their worksite. The theft was the second from the business, with an electronic blasting machine — what once would have been the plunger — taken in an earlier, unreported break-in.

When the estimated 70 bright yellow sticks were reported missing to police, the RNC quickly got word out to the public, considering the theft a public safety concern as well as potentially a threat to the thieves themselves.

Pictures of similar-looking dynamite were provided to reporters.

“They can be very dangerous. They are explosives and ... they’re sensitive to heat, shock, static electricity. That will cause them to explode. There are strict safety precautions and regulations that are in place governing the handling and use of explosives and it’s there for a reason,” RNC Insp. Brian Dowden said.

In September 2012, the RNC explosive disposal unit was called when explosives detonators were found on Commonwealth Avenue in Mount Pearl. Those detonators were not part of the lot missing from City Sand and Gravel.

Organizations: RNC Const., The Telegram

Geographic location: Paradise, Commonwealth Avenue, Mount Pearl

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