New Westminster – The New Westminster Police are appealing for public assistance after the recovery of an explosive device last evening.
On July 10, 2014 at approximately 7:30 pm, NWPD members were called to the rear of a building located in the 100 block of Agnes Street for a report of what was described as a “pipe bomb”. Upon arrival, a realistic looking explosive device was located, and the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit were called in to assist with its removal.
At approximately 10:00 pm, the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit conducted a controlled detonation to render the device safe, after which it was determined that the item was, while unsophisticated, a viable explosive device. The continuing police investigation indicates that the device had been at the location for an extended period of time, and it is not believed that it was left to target any specific individual or location.
“Obviously the discovery of this item is a serious concern for us,” said Staff-Sergeant Paul Hyland. “This device could have caused severe injuries or worse, had it detonated with anyone in close proximity.”
The NWPD are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Constable Tina Chan or Constable Brittany Ribeiro at 604-525-5411. Callers with information who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Metro Vancouver Crimestoppers at 1 800 222-8477.
The NWPD would also like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public who observe any kind of suspicious item that they suspect may be an explosive, that they call 911 immediately and not try to handle or move the item themselves.