Explosive encounters

A few encounters with inert explosive devices has RCMP reminding people not to move unknown devices.

A few encounters with inert explosives has RCMP reminding citizens not to move a device they believe to be dangerous.

On July 28, hand grenade was found by a 10-year-old girl and turned into police by her father.

The girl was playing outside when she found the grenade and brought it home. The spoon was missing from the grenade, but the pin was still in. The police explosives unit was contacted and determined the grenade was inert.

Due to the risk that remained with firing pins, explosive crew members attended the Penticton detachment and dealt with the grenade.

On July 30, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen workers found a pipe bomb at the reservoir in Summerland and brought it back to the RDOS office. RCMP attended and photos sent to the explosives unit were able to determine the bomb was no longer active and disposed of the device.

“If you see something like that I would leave it in the location it is,” said Penticton RCMP Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth. “Just moving something depending on its age and everything else could cause something to set it off … leave it where it is and notify us.”