Blasting device discovered on Oak Bay beach

A non-detonating explosive device found on the beach near Gonzales Bay on Saturday afternoon has been destroyed at a safe location by members of the Victoria police explosive disposal unit.

A bomb-detecting robot was used to safely remove the device, which was reported to Oak Bay police at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Saturday. The device had washed up on a beach about 100 metres from where Repulse Street meets the shoreline. The orange Nxburst brand cartridge had been in the water for some time, according to police.

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The cartridge is used in the contruction industry as a safe alternative to traditional explosives and produces a controllable pressure wave that limits airblast overpressure, unlike detonating explosives. Oak Bay Police said in a statement that they do not know the origin of the device or how it wound up onshore.

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