Oak Bay Police bomb
(Oak Bay police)

Oak Bay police called in the bomb squad after a blasting device was found washed up on a beach by Gonzales Bay on Saturday.

The discovery was reported at approximately 1:20 p.m. on April 10th. A report said that an explosive device had been found on a beach about 100 metres from the end of Repulse Street.

It was identified as an orange Nxburst cartridge, a non-detonating blasting technology used to break rocks and concrete. They were designed as a safe alternative to traditional explosives for use in construction, demolition, mining and quarrying environments.

Police say the cartridge appeared to have been in the water for some time prior to washing up. The markings on the device were quite faded and it is not known how it came to be in the ocean.

After consulting with the VicPD Explosive Disposal unit on scene, a robot was used to safely remove the device.

The cartridge was subsequently destroyed at a safe location.

VicPD bomb robot
(Oak Bay Police)

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