Update: Aug 22, 2013
After following up with the RCMP this is what is known:
- The number of dynamite sticks: 35
- Where did they come from: not known at this time.
- The man driving them in to the Fire Department tells the police he was doing this on behalf of a friend.
– On his way he called ahead to the Fire Department who told him to call the police.
– The police asked him to stop transporting the explosives, to stop all travel.
– The choice of location, ultimately, was up to the man behind the wheel.
- The EDU arrived on scene at approx. 6:30 PM after traveling from Vancouver by road.
- They took possession of the dynamite and it was incinerated at an undisclosed, local, location.
- Investigation is proceeding and the man may face charges under various sections of a number of federal regulations pertaining to the care, and use of explosives as well as transportation of said material.
Residents in the Riverside area found they couldn’t drive into downtown – or if they were trying to get home they found a police blockade where they were told they had to walk. The reason was 30 sticks of old dynamite – sweating dynamite that have been sequestered in an empty space off Riverside drive waiting for the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit to take control of. And that wait could be a long one – the EDU is coming from Vancouver by land, a trip that can take as long as 8 hours if the summer traffic gets in the way.
How did that dynamite get there?
The police tell me that somebody living out of town discovered the old explosives on their property. They then decided that they should turn them in to the authorities to dispose of. So far so good but their next decision wasn’t the best one: they packed them into a truck and headed to the Fire Department in town. Somewhere along the way they called ahead to the RCMP to let them know what was going on and that’s when the authorities asked them to stop. But it appears they were already in town by that point. Who decided to sequester them where they are now, and why, is unknown to this reporter … but that is how we’ve found our town in the situation it is in. As the situation evolves we will keep you updated.
One final note: should you ever discover unexploded ordinance or old explosives on your property DO NOT try to deal with it yourself or move it. Call the Police or Fire department and let them deal with.