On the evening of January 11th, 2010 our department, as part of a training exercise was going to burn down an older two story home located in the countryside, 9 miles from town. As part of NFPA 1403 "live training burns" regulations, we performed a thorough Walk through of the residence and in doing so we located approximately 80 lbs of dynamite located in two wooden cases stored in the basement of this old abandoned residence. Speaking with the home owner it was learned that the residence belonged to his grandparents and he had no idea that the dynamite was in the basement. Upon our discovery I contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who attended and secured the scene immediately and made arrangements with their bomb disposal team to remove the explosives.
By doing this walk through we prevented a disaster!!!