NSW Police are reminding the public the commercial explosives amnesty finishes on Thursday, September 14.
The amnesty was established so members of the public could legally and safely surrender explosives.
“While we’re pleased members of the public have taken the opportunity... to hand in these illegal and dangerous explosives, we know there’s more out there,” said acting Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing (Counter Terrorism, Special Tactics Command).
Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said some of the reasons given why residents had explosives were they had them into town from their previous rural location but no longer has a use for them; or they were previously licenced but had allowed their licence to expire so wished to surrender remaining explosives; or a late fmaily member had previously licenced as used to work in excavation and drilling.
“If you know of anyone, whether neighbours, family or friends, who might have illegal explosives, please tell them to … get rid of any of these materials safely and legally.
“As long as members of the public contacted their local police before midnight on Thursday, September 14, they will be covered by the amnesty.
“The member of the public will be contacted and an appropriate time for collection of the material will be arranged.”
“Under no circumstances do we want members of the public moving the explosives, or taking them to a police station.
“The amnesty does not authorise the transportation of explosives and it is an offence to do so.”
The types of explosives covered by the amnesty include:
- Black powder
- Nitro-glycerine based explosives
- Watergel and emulsion explosives
- Detonating cord
- Other commercial explosive items
Once the amnesty has ceased, people with illegal explosives can face prosecution.