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Explosion in Penticton
UPDATE 2 P.M. -
A second explosion near a Windsor Avenue home Friday afternoon - this courtesy of the RCMP's bomb squad.
The Vancouver based unit was called to the area after police responded to what neighbours believe was a bomb that had been detonated in the back yard of the Windsor Avenue home Thursday afternoon.
"We evacuated the home and the neighbours surrounding them," said RCMP Sgt. Kurt Lozinski.
"We secured off the residence and acquired the appropriate search warrants."
Lozinski said the bomb disposal unit arrived Friday morning and have now "disposed of any other dangerous materials in the home."
Lozinski said the home will now be secured to allow for RCMP members to do a thorough search of the residence.
The occupant of the home was taken into custody for questioning Thursday.
Lozinski said the man remains in custody.
An explosion rocked a Penticton neighbourhood Thursday at around 3 p.m.
The blast damaged a fence and shrapnel hit a house, taking out a ground floor window.
Police say no one was on the top floor of the home at the time of the incident. There was a person in a basement suite of the home, but they were able to get out with no injuries. A house next door was also evacuated.
A neighbour who lives in the area says she was awoken by the explosion.
"I had just laid down to have a rest and this mighty great bang, and I had no idea what it sounded like. It wasn’t a clap of thunder like we had on Tuesday," says Verona Malmquist.
She didn't feel the jolt, but it did make her sit up in bed as she wondered what it could have been.
“What the heck could that have been? Did somebody get shot?” she laughs.
“But I guess it was some device of some kind that was set off."
The home on Windsor Avenue was cordoned off and the RCMP bomb squad has been called in to check the property for other explosives. They are expected to arrive sometime today.
After examining the debris and talking with witnesses, the RCMP says the device might have been a pipe bomb that had detonated, unintentionally, due to the heat.
A male suspect was arrested and remains in custody pending a further investigation.
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