A small incendiary device was quickly taken care of by Penticton Fire crews and a police investigation is underway.
Around 8:45 p.m. April 6 Penticton Fire Rescue responded to reports of explosions under a bridge on Forestbrook Drive. RCMP and fire crews both arrived on scene locating an object burning under a bridge and an explosives disposal unit was called to investigate. Police said no suspects were located. The paved bridge has structural components containing treated wood beams and a natural gas line supplying residents in the area is also located along the bridge, directly above where the fire was set. There was no damage to the gas line. The damage to the bridge was superficial, police said.
Small tins of flammable materials were also located near the incendiary device. Another possible device was mostly consumed by fire and may have been the source of small explosions heard by residents in the area.
Evidence has been seized by RCMP for forensic examination and the explosive disposal unit has been consulted and will examine the materials.
“Although the damage was superficial in nature, the potential for damage to city infrastructure and the natural gas line was significant,” said Superintendent Kevin Hewco, in charge of Penticton RCMP. “We have dedicated resources assigned to this investigation to ensure the safety of this community.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RCMP, as well as the woman who initially called the fire department, who reported seeing youth in the area. Those with information can call Const. Tim Velemilovich of the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.