Crews Uncover Unexploded Material at Sitka Site

Excavators removing rock for a new diesel plant in Sitka found unexploded blasting materials.

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by Associated Press

SITKA, Alaska- Excavators removing rock for a new diesel plant in Sitka found unexploded blasting materials.


A consultant from Anchorage is on site this week, removing the material and looking for more explosives.


The immediate area was cleared after the Saturday discovery on Jarvis Street. Contractors have piled up boulders as a protection in case a blast happens.


The city has asked those in the area not to use radios or cell phones as a precautionary measure.


Crews found the material in holes. It was described as possibly Tovex, a water gel explosive commonly used as a replacement for dynamite in mining and other industrial activities.


Officials say it may date back to the 1970s, when the area was a rock quarry.