VPD detonates explosive device found in downtown Vancouver

Jun 16 2020, 4:13 pm

Vancouver police safely detonated an improvised explosive device in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning.

At 9 am, officers responded to a call regarding a crime in progress. According to police, two men were seen allegedly breaking into a car near Thurlow and Bute streets.

Officers arrested one of the men and discovered he was carrying what seemed to be an explosive device in his backpack.

The area was blocked off to the public, and specialists from the VPD’s Emergency Response Section arrived on scene to detonate the device.

A 39-year-old man was arrested and charges to the break-in attempt have been recommended. Charges related to the explosive device are also anticipated.

“Officers were able to safely detonate the explosive with no harm to the public or the surrounding structures,” said Constable Tania Visintin in a statement.

“Given the time of day, the area was heavily populated. Our officers worked meticulously to ensure no one was put at risk.”