Dynamite caps

The August 29 1922 edition of the Toronto Globe contained two short articles about boys who badly injured themselves while playing with dynamite caps.

The first was a boy in Perth who lost four fingers on his left hand:


The second was a 14-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie who threw a boxful of dynamite caps onto a boulder and seriously injured himself:


My question is this: were there a lot more dynamite caps just lying around in 1922? How did these unfortunate boys get access to this stuff?

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