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‘If it’s old, leave it alone.’ Rule No. 1 after finding blasting caps

Beware! Discarded blasting caps can be dangerous

The Placer County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit were called to property in Nevada County to detonate old blasting caps.
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The Placer County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit were called to property in Nevada County to detonate old blasting caps.

Disposing blasting caps are dangerous, even for law enforcement officers.

According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, a homeowner on Hillview Road, southeast of Nevada City, called deputies to help dispose of discarded blasting caps found in a shed. Deputies then called in the Placer County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, which covers Placer, Nevada and Sierra counties.

Because of the area’s mining history, people occasionally find old blasting caps that were used for mining, agricultural, and industrial purposes, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office reports. The explosive ordnance disposal team made a special coil to help detonate the caps safely.

The moral of the story for residents from law enforcers: If you come across any explosive device, contact your local law enforcement before attempting to move or dispose of it yourself. It can be very dangerous due to the age and sensitivity of the device, they say.

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