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The Civil Guard neutralizes 780 grams of black powder in Yecla (23/01/2018)

This type of material is traditionally used in patron festivities in which the use of muzzle-loading firearms is authorized

In case of finding artifacts, citizens are recommended a simple protocol: DO NOT TOUCH, DO NOT MOVE, SIGNAL and WARNING to 062

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has seized and neutralized 780 grams of black powder, found by the owner of a warehouse located in the municipality of Yecla.

The action began when the Benemérita was alerted to the finding of two bags or canteens, usually used for the transfer of gunpowder, by the owner of a house in Yecla, while performing cleaning work in a warehouse attached to the property.

Quickly, a citizen security patrol of the Civil Guard traveled to the place, verified the facts and requested the presence of the Group of Specialists in Disactivation of Explosives (GEDEX) for its withdrawal with the corresponding security measures.

Shortly after, the TEDAX agents of the Benemérita took charge of the material: black powder of considerable antiquity, of the employee in employer's festivities of the Region of Murcia, in which the use of muzzleloader firearms is authorized.

The material has been deactivated by a controlled load in an isolated area and with the corresponding safety measures.

Citizen collaboration

In these situations, the collaboration of the citizens is key to locate the artifacts, and thus avoid their manipulation and subsequent accident, so that they can finally be guarded, deactivated and destroyed with the required security measures.

Safety recommendations

In case of being found in front of an abandoned object that could be suspected of being an explosive, incendiary or pyrotechnic device, the Civil Guard recommends the citizenship to follow the following instructions:

Give the consideration of real to any object with the appearance of an explosive device that is strange to the environment in which it is located.

Do not touch or move the object.

Immediately call the emergency number: 062, which the Civil Guard has available 24 hours a day, so that they can be neutralized and destroyed safely by specialists in the field.

If possible, stay in the vicinity of the place until the arrival of the Security Forces.

Otherwise indicate the area or provide the coordinates through a program or GPS location application, very common today in some mobile phones.


Any type of manipulation could have fatal consequences.

Explosive artifacts as decorative objects

The Civil Guard has resolved cases in which citizens who locate ancient explosive devices move them to their homes, as a decorative object, which carries a high risk to themselves, their families and neighbors, so it is recommended to continue the security protocol exposed.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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