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Blast hits porch of dilapidated house

Martin van den Hemel   Feb-01-2018

This home on No. 1 Road was struck by a bomb Tuesday night. There were no injuries.

Photo by Martin van den Hemel

An explosion powerful enough to blow out a window struck a West Richmond neighbourhood Tuesday night.

Richmond Mounties believe an improvised explosive device (commonly referred to by the acronym IED) was to blame and are investigating.



RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang said police were called to a report of shots fired around 10:40 p.m. to the 8000 block of No. 1 Road.

The Sentinel spoke to a resident in the house where the explosion occurred. A young man said that nobody was hurt, but wouldn’t comment further.

A neighbour, who was home Tuesday night, said he heard the explosion and the emergency vehicles that came soon after.

“It was just a big bang, and that’s it,” said the neighbour who has been living in the area for the past eight years. “It’s pretty scary.”

The dilapidated split-level house struck by the explosion is peppered with broken windows, and the majority of its windows are covered either by poorly-hanging curtains, sheets of cardboard or foamboard.

Standing out from its unkempt surroundings is a pair of surveillance cameras, with loosely hanging wires, trained at the area outside the front door.

The explosion appears to have occurred on the back porch, judging from a single broken window, a back door knocked loose from its hinges, and scorch marks on the wall and ceiling.

According to Hwang: “Damage was discovered that was consistent with the detonation of an improvised explosive device.”

The occupants of the residence were cooperative with investigators, Hwang said.

“The Richmond RCMP is still trying to determine the motive for this incident,” Hwang said. “Luckily, no one was injured, but the possibility that someone could have been is cause for us to be concerned.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call RCMP Const. Romanko at 604-278-1212. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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