Cst. Adam Ruttan examines the scene following a pipe bomb explosion at a parking lot on Victoria Road North.

Pipe bomb explodes

A pipe bomb exploded in downtown Summerland early Tuesday morning.

A pipe bomb exploded in downtown Summerland early Tuesday morning.

No one was injured, but the bomb was capable of causing serious injury or death, according to Cpl. Bruce Haley of the Summerland RCMP.

At 12:25 a.m. Tuesday police received a report of a possible gunshot downtown. It turned out to be an explosion in a plastic newspaper box located at the north end of the building which houses Curves and the Canada Post office in the 13000 block of North Victoria Road.

A homemade pipe bomb had been placed in a Penticton Western newspaper box and detonated. Debris was spread over a 100 metre radius in the adjacent public parking lot.

Witnesses saw two people running from the area. One was wearing a white sweater.

Police suspect the culprits were teens.

Damage included the newspaper box, which was destroyed, and a chip out of the building brick.

Investigation continues and police are asking anyone with information to call the Summerland RCMP at 250-494-7416 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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