Police stumble upon explosives while busting illegal mining activities

Police stumble upon explosives while busting illegal mining activities

- Police have discovered live explosive while they were doing a raid on illegal mining

- The scene in Benoni was tense as an explosives unit had to destroy some of the explosives, which were already primed for use

- Transporting the explosives could have been very risky

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Benoni cops managed to keep cool heads as they had to deal with live explosives recently.

As reported on by The South African, police found the explosives during a raid on illegal mining activities in the area.

The raid was part of the SAPS' Safer Festive Season operations and was focused on Benoni.

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Commercial explosives, iron pots, gas bottles and phendukas were found during the raid. Phendukas are used to separate gold dust from soil.

Members of the Germiston bomb disposal unit had to act quickly to destroy some of the explosives, Briefly.co.za gathered.

The explosives were primed for use and could have gone off had they been transported as is.

Brigadier Mathapelo Peters, police spokesperson, said:

"The explosives experts found that it would have been too risky to transport the primed explosives as any friction, heat or shock could set them off, exposing people to injuries and/or death."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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