Firefighters from a Baie Verte Peninsula town found themselves facing a different kind of danger on Thursday when a large truck went off the road.  

'That would have been the biggest danger, if a fire had started there and if we weren't able to get it out in time.'- La Scie Fire Chief Lorne Head

The La Scie Regional Fire Department responded to the accident at the intersection of the Baie Verte and La Scie highways around 9:30 a.m.

Fire Chief Lorne Head said crews arrived to find the overturned truck was at the bottom of a 10- to 15-metre embankment.

He said that's when they discovered the truck was carrying liquid explosives destined for a mining operation.

Head said they quickly made the decision to close roads at the intersection of highways 410 and 414.

"(We were) on fire watch there, just making sure there was no sparks. There was nothing to start a fire — that would have been the biggest danger, if a fire had started there and if we weren't able to get it out in time," Head told CBC.   

Head said workers with the trucking company safely removed the explosives.

The roads were partially re-opened after an hour, but Head said it took more than 10 hours for crews to remove the truck from the scene.