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.
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.