Penticton RCMP and Lower Mainland bomb squad investigate an explosive device found in the creek in March 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton RCMP and Lower Mainland bomb squad investigate an explosive device found in the creek in March 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

A 2nd bomber may have rocked Penticton with explosions in 2021

Only 3 of 6 bombs were linked to the man charged over the explosions

Penticton may have had a second bomber on the loose in 2021.

During the sentencing hearing for Penticton bomber Robert Balch, who pleaded guilty to making some of the explosions that rocked Penticton in March 2021, Crown and defence both attested that the defendant only claimed responsibility for three explosive devices.

The three devices he admitted to matched in appearance to the description he provided to the RCMP. That still leaves three other devices, including an additional explosive at King’s Park and two near Carmi Elementary School.

READ MORE: Another explosion rocks Penticton

During the height of the explosions, and following ones found at Carmi Elementary, RCMP called a press conference to discuss the bombs.

At the time, RCMP said the explosions in Penticton may have been occurring for months but had not always been reported to police.

Additional experts from the Lower Mainland bomb squad were called in to assist in the investigation.

READ MORE: Bombs may have been going off for months: RCMP

The Penticton RCMP was contacted for comment.

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