Dynamite theft not first theft from business

Rick Lipsey
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Blasting machine stolen in previous, unreported case: RNC

The dynamite and blasting caps stolen from City Sand and Gravel in Paradise were not the first losses for the company relating to industrial explosives, according to police.

This afternoon, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary gathered reporters to provide an update on the case of the 25 pounds of missing dynamite, still considered a public safety concern, noting some new information.  

An electronic blasting machine — what once would have been the plunger — was stolen in an earlier, unreported incident.

RNC Insp. Brian Dowden said the new information was discovered “in the course of the investigation.” He would not say exactly when the previous theft took place.

The RNC has shown photos of the dynamite to reporters and is in the process of releasing photos of all of the stolen materials.

Dowden said the materials continue to present a threat to public safety — both for the general public and the persons who have the explosives in their possession.

He also said the explosives do not require the blasting caps or blasting machines to be set off.

The explosives are, in this case, bright yellow sticks labelled with a single lot number: JU11J1.

With three to four sticks making up about a pound, Dowden estimated about 70 sticks of dynamite were taken in the latest theft.

Police are asking the public for continued vigilance and urging anyone with information on the thefts to come forward, or supply the information anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

The investigation is continuing.

Geographic location: Paradise

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  • Mudguy
    August 30, 2012 - 12:45

    Sounds like regulators not doing their job an a company that doesn’t take its responsibility of the handling and storage of explosives and associated equipment seriously. Ensure the fine they receive makes them remember for a long long time. The theives are low lifes for sure but we can only control our own actions not the actions of all the Idiots around us. I know it's terribible but the law says we must protect everyone.

  • Joe it All
    August 30, 2012 - 07:41

    First an electronic blasting machine was stolen and then dynamite was stolen and they don't think it was related. That is very hard to believe. With the blasting machine being stolen the company should have been much much more vigilant against the second theft. Very imcompetent on the part of the company.

  • Anne
    August 29, 2012 - 23:31

    They didn't report a theft of blasting equipment? This company shouldn't have a permit for explosives!

  • PETER L
    August 29, 2012 - 17:33

    It's about time that City Sand & Gravel was shut down completely. It's a blasting and rock industry in the heart of residential Paradise, is an eyesore from all around, and has private lands prime for further development caught in a "buffer zone". If that's not expropriation without compensation I don't know what is. There is enough space around, outside city and municipal boundries for this kind of operation, and God only knows why it is allowed to continue when even the municipalities are against it's continued operation. What kind of pull do they have in the Provincial Government to be allowed to continue in spite of all the opposition. Shut it down now and be done with it, sooner or later something much worse will happen. And why wasn't these explosives better contained, too much negligence at that quarry so just shut it down.

  • Ben Laying
    August 29, 2012 - 16:12

    Terror Cell?