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Vancouver police detonate suspicious device, arrest man

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Apr 29, 2020 at 12:22 pm PDT

Vancouver police used a specialized robot to properly disable and dispose of the device on Tuesday, April 29, 2020. (Courtesy Vancouver Police Department.)
Summary

Vancouver police detonated a suspected improvised explosive device Tuesday and arrested a Surrey man.

A specialized robot used to disable and dispose of the device

A 25-year-old Surrey resident was arrested for unauthorized possession of an explosive device

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver police detonated a suspected improvised explosive device Tuesday and arrested a Surrey man.

Officers initially spotted what appeared to be fentanyl inside a car after conducting a traffic stop near Columbia and East Pender streets. While searching the vehicle, they located a suspected improvised explosive device.

Specialists with the police department’s emergency response section were called and worked to safely dispose of the device. They secured the area to protect the public, then used various tools, including a specialized robot to properly disable and dispose of the device.

“This was excellent work by our front-line patrol officers to identify a dangerous situation and safely secure the area,” Sgt. Aaron Roed says in a release. “Their actions, along with the response from our highly-trained emergency response section members, ensured no one was injured and the device was destroyed.”

He adds the call took officers several hours to detonate the device.

“They were able to use specialized tools, like a robot, that limit risk to our members in situations like this.”

A 25-year-old Surrey resident was arrested for unauthorized possession of an explosive device and taken to jail. He has been released, police say, with no charges at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.