Could there be old explosives on your farm or ranch?

RCMP believe there is ‘a large amount of degraded dynamite’ in rural Alberta

Every year, Albertans report finding dynamite or detonators stored, or in some cases forgotten, on their properties.

We are encouraging Albertans to continue to report these explosives to their local police.

From January to October of this year, the Alberta RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) located and disposed of 36 geogels (gelatin dynamite), 11 sticks of dynamite, 10 kilograms of gunpowder, two metres of safety fuse, detonator cord, two perforator initiators and 161 detonators.

Most explosives the EDU is called to recover are located in rural areas. Alberta has a large amount of degraded dynamite on older properties from mining and farming industries. Some of these explosives were purchased because historic rules gave Alberta farmers and ranchers easy access to dynamite.

People should not touch anything they think could be an explosive. Instead, call local police immediately and the EDU will be called to dispose of the explosives safely at no cost to the homeowner.

In August in the Bassano Detachment area, a family located a cache of dynamite, detonator cord, and a box with detonators while cleaning out their barns. The family did the right thing by calling their local RCMP detachment that then called the EDU.

This holiday season, when you visit elderly family members living on rural properties, talk to them and ask if they have explosives stored that may have been forgotten.

Over the next few weeks, the Alberta RCMP will be sharing EDU successes from the past year on social media. Follow @RCMPAlberta (Twitter) and @RCMPinAlberta (Facebook).

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