Police want members of the public who have explosives to contact them and tell them what they have, following the formal announcement of the Commercial Explosives Amnesty by NSW Police on May 2.
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Having commenced on March 15, the six month amnesty, named Operation Fragor, is aimed to provide a safe avenue for members of the community to hand in explosives and related hazardous materials to the police.
Chief Inspector Brenton Charlton, Commander of the Rescue Bomb Disposal Unit stressed that under no circumstances should people move explosives.
When police are contacted by persons who have explosives, they will obtain details, including photos of the explosives and forward this information to the Rescue and Bomb Unit.
A time will then by arranged for officers to collect the material, the Chief Inspector said.
“Explosives, especially older ones, can become unpredictable as they age,” Chief Inspector Charlton said.
Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch said the amnesty “does not authorise the transportation of explosives.”
“The amnesty is limited to the possession and storage of the explosives.
“It does not authorise any person to move or transport explosives without the required licence or security clearance,” Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch said.
Police urge the community to take this opportunity to dispose of explosives safely.
The amnesty is limited to the possession and storage of the explosives.- Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch
The amnesty ends on September 14.
Assistant Commissioner Murdoch added that the amnesty is not a result of any threat.
The types of explosives covered by amnesty includes-
For further information contact local police or watch the Youtube video at www.police.nsw.gov.au.
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