Police issue warning over stolen explosives

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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.
— Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Police are worried about thieves who stole 25 pounds of dynamite from a business on Topsail Road sometime overnight Monday.

The explosives were taken from a locked shed at City Sand and Gravel in Paradise 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.

jmcleod@thetelegram.com

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Geographic location: Topsail Road

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  • David Wilson
    August 29, 2012 - 14:11

    This should be easy for the RNC to solve. All they need is a little help from Aliant and Rogers to see which IP addresses on the Avalon area are doing internet searches on how to connect and use the detonator with the construction dynamite. Find the IP user, issue a search warrant and bingo, an arrest can be made.

  • Tim Jamison
    August 29, 2012 - 11:33

    A similar incident happened in my neighborhood in another province years ago. It was kids and they blew up a few of the sticks, sold a few more, and then got caught. Hopefully it was someone that wants to keep these things for his own paranoia or it was another company just stealing. At least no one will die that way. Probably

  • Republic-of-NL
    August 29, 2012 - 09:51

    Wow, that looks like a really secure place to have dangerous materials. The first place i'd look is companies that have the same type of construction. I'm sure some guys would rather steal it from some one than having to and pay for it. What is becoming of my beautiful Newfoundland?

  • Republic-of-NL
    August 29, 2012 - 09:45

    Wow, that looks like a really secure place to have dangerous materials. The first place i'd look is companies that have the same type of construction. I'm sure some guys would rather steal it from some one than having to and pay for it. What is becoming of my beautiful Newfoundland?

  • BI
    August 29, 2012 - 09:16

    I don't know who stole this dynamite, which could be very dangerous to the public - however - if they wanted to go, some night late, to the new Karwood subdivision and blow up the backhoe that starts all the noise at 7 am in the mornings, that would be a good use for it. I think Paradise residents along this new Neils Pond subdivision are getting well fed up with the noise of all the digging/blasting that starts every day during the entire week, around 7 am. Last week one of the blasts sent 2 pieces of rock hurtling into someones yard and broke their fence. If there had been kids there, they cold have been killed.