N.L. Mounties issue warning after explosives mistaken for rocks

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CAPE PORCUPINE, N.L. The RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador has issued a warning to beachcombers after objects resembling rocks turned out to be high explosives.

Police say a family exploring a beach earlier this month at Cape Porcupine in Labrador found what they thought to be rusty rocks.

The people collected several kilograms of the material and took it home, but a little Internet research pointed to the possibility they were an explosive known as dunnite.

An RCMP explosives disposal unit proved their research was correct.

The Mounties then went back to the beach where they discovered more of the material, along with significant remnants of exploded artillery shells.

Dunnite is a high explosive used by the U.S. military during the two world wars and the Mounties are telling people to report such discoveries and definitely not touch it.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, U.S.

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