Homemade explosive goes off outside homes

A homemade bomb exploded in Cranbrook on Sunday night, but no one was hurt, RCMP have said.

  • Jul. 12, 2013 2:00 p.m.

A homemade bomb exploded in Cranbrook on Sunday night, but no one was hurt, RCMP have said.

A resident on the 700 block of 21st Avenue South, near Kinsmen Park, heard an explosion and called police at about 10:30 p.m. on July 7, 2013.

Police found that an unknown person had constructed a homemade device inside a glass rum bottle. When the bottle exploded, it sent shards of glass over a 50-metre diameter.

RCMP noted that a two-litre bottle of Dr. Pepper containing water was at the site, possibly having been used to make the device.

“The remnants of the explosion which were still foaming indicate that the person or persons responsible made a chemical bomb of some sort and the police believe the contents to be very corrosive,” said Cpl. Prefontaine. “The RCMP is looking for any witnesses to this incident or anyone who may have information about it.”

If you have any additional information, please call Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or anonymously to East Kootenay Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

“The RCMP would also like to warn residents of Cranbrook to be wary of any incidents of this nature and if you witness or come across the remnants of this type of activity, please don’t touch it and call the police or fire department right away,” said Cpl. Prefontaine.