Box of blasting caps found at Peter's Rest Convenience Center

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ST. CROIX - The road that runs in front of the Peter's Rest Convenience Center was closed to traffic for several hours Wednesday after workers discovered what they thought were live explosives.

Traffic was diverted through the Peter's Rest residential areas located to the east and west of the center operated by V.I. Waste Management Authority.

St. Croix Police Chief James Parris said 911 emergency dispatchers received a call from the center about 4:30 p.m. reporting that some type of explosive was there. He said all of the responsible emergency agencies responded to the call, and after taking all of the necessary precautions they were able to determine that the suspicious item was a box of blasting caps.

A blasting cap is a small sensitive primary explosive device generally used to detonate a larger, more powerful and less sensitive secondary explosive, such as dynamite or plastic explosive. They are used in commercial mining, excavation and demolition.

Parris said the officers continued to make a sweep of the area to ensure that no other explosive type materials were on the property and an all-clear signal later was given.

Waste Management Authority spokeswoman Stella Saunders said the convenience center location is for residential waste disposal only and a number of signs are posted at the dump and on the Waste Management Authority website indicating what is accepted and what is prohibited at the center.

"The blasting caps were found in the area of the electronic waste and florescent bulbs and that is not the place for it," she said.

She said residents should check the lists or consult with the staff on the premises before dumping anything they are not sure about.

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