Guardia experts blast mine’s old explosives

GUARDIA CIVIL officers were forced to call in their bomb experts for a controlled blast, after finding 63kg of explosives in an abandoned mineshaft in the Laujar de Andrax area of Almeria.

The Guardia went to the mine, in the La Tolva area of the Sierra de Gador, after a local found the dynamite, some 300m inside the shaft.

The explosives, along with 288 detonators, were made in Spain and designed for industrial use.

Officers found the shaft difficult to enter because it was flooded, with the entrance closed off. But they were able to access it through a small opening in the side of the mountain.

Guardia’s experts, who found the haul of explosives inside, said initial tests showed it was around 30 years old and in extremely poor condition.

The area was cordoned off, while police prepared to destroy the find in a contained blast. The dynamite was detonated inside the mineshaft, leaving the structure completely sealed.

The Guardia Civil have since issued a statement, containing guidelines for the public, if they should make similar discoveries.

Police said people should take care not to touch or tamper with explosive material, and they should also stop others from doing so. Caution has been advised, especially if the explosives appear aged, weathered or rusty.

The area where explosives are found should be marked carefully, with stones or branches. Care should be also taken not to touch any explosive materials with the markings.

People should refuse any request to help collect or move such material, and authorities should be alerted as soon as possible.

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