RCMP have issued an unusual warning to Albertans.
They say people, especially in rural areas, should be weary of old dynamite that could be on their property.
Mounties with the explosive disposal unit believe there is likely a large amount of degraded dynamite in Alberta as a result of historic rules that permitted easy access to explosives for farmers and ranchers.
“It’s a dangerous product, so we need to get people to look and help us find it and then we can deal with it,” said Cpl. Paul Zanon.
“Typically older generations have access to the dynamite. They know where it is; it’s tucked in a barn somewhere and they’ve forgotten about it. People need to have those conversations with their parents, grandparents.”
Zanon said the dynamite would likely be located in barns and fields and that it could become ‘quite unstable’ as it decays over time.
“The nitroglycerin in the dynamite leaches out and it turns into crystals and those crystals are shock-sensitive,” Zanon said. “The older it gets the more unstable it becomes.”
The RCMP is also warning about copper detonators it says were produced in Canada from 1918 to 1965 and are still stored in older homesteads across the province. If exposed to moisture the detonators could produce an explosive gas and with increased degradation could lead to an extremely dangerous situation.
Anyone who finds dynamite on their property is asked to contact their local RCMP detachment. Do not touch or move the dynamite yourself.