Powergels, explosives surrendered to Tamworth police during Commercial Explosives Amnesty

Off the street: This load of Powergels, a box of detonators and fuse cords were surrendered to Tamworth police on the last day of the Commercial Explosives Amnesty.

Off the street: This load of Powergels, a box of detonators and fuse cords were surrendered to Tamworth police on the last day of the Commercial Explosives Amnesty.

THE state’s free-for-all surrender of explosives has wrapped up with locals handing in detonators, flare guns, power gels and other explosive material to Oxley police.

The six-month Commercial Explosives Amnesty finished at midnight on Thursday but not before a Dungowan resident surrendered boxes of goods in Tamworth. On Thursday, he handed in several Powergels, cartons of detonators and long fuse loads.

A flare gun along with several flares were also surrendered to police in Tamworth on Thursday morning.

This followed a separate drop off by a Barraba resident who handed in 38 sticks of Powergel.

The amnesty has been running since mid-March and was designed to allow the public to legally and safely surrender explosives.

Police said up to this week, across the state more than 146kg of commercial explosives had been surrendered, along with 20kg of black powder, close to 1km of safety fuse and 2,130m of detonating cord.

Police said members of the public who have possession of illegal explosives now, following the amnesty, can face prosecution.