Second package confirmed as explosive

Kamloops City

2023-07-06 15:24 PDT

File # 2023-23723

Police are looking for witnesses and information after a second suspicious package found in a residential area was confirmed to be a pipe bomb.

The second package was located on Tuesday night, July 4, 2023, just after 9:15 p.m., by a resident in the 2100-block of Sifton Avenue. The discovery came just a day after the first one was reported on the 900-block of Greystone Crescent, and just hours after it had been examined by the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) and confirmed to be a pipe bomb. In both cases, Kamloops RCMP frontline officers closed a portion of the roadway until the device could be examined and removed. No evacuations occurred.

Considering the similarities present, it’s not unreasonable to suggest these incidents could be related, said Corporal Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson. The investigation is ongoing which includes examining if these incidents are indeed connected, and establishing any motive that may be involved.

The Kamloops RCMP General Investigations Support Team, Forensic Identification Services Unit, Crime Reduction Unit, and frontline officers, have been working together to advance the investigation, conducting neighbourhood inquiries, collecting and examining evidence, and reviewing video footage from the area.

If anyone has any information whatsoever related to these investigations, please reach out as soon as possible, added Cpl. Evelyn. Please take a few minutes to sift through security or dash cam footage captured over the last few days to see if anything appears that could be related, even if it seemed irrelevant at the time.

Residents are also asked to be vigilant and aware of any unusual packages or devices they may come across in their neighbourhood.

In both of these occurrences, the suspicious packages were reported to police quickly and they were safely removed without any injuries occurring to the general public, but the risk was certainly present and is being treated very seriously, said Cpl. Evelyn. If you see something that looks out of place near your house or while you’re walking, please reach out to police for further investigation, especially considering these recent reports.

Anyone with information that may be related to these investigations is asked to please contact police as soon as possible, 250-828-3000.

Released by

Cpl. Crystal Evelyn

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Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
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