A homemade explosive device, ignited by young males overnight Sunday, was safely detonated by police Monday morning.
On Monday, August 22, 2016, at approximately 9:30 a.m., officers in Central East Division responded to a footpath that runs from Greenwood Avenue and Marquette Avenue regarding a suspicious device. The device, which had aerosol cans taped to a can and a wick attached, appeared to have been ignited prior to being found, but members of the DRPS Explosive Disposal Unit ensured it was safe by detonating it. Traffic was shut down on nearby roads while police ensured the device was safe to approach.
The incident was captured on video surveillance which showed that two males, age 10 to 12 years old, lit the wick at approximately 2 a.m. and ran across Greenwood Avenue to Park Road South. The flames extinguished moments later.
No damage or injuries were reported.
Anyone with new information is asked to contact D/Cst. Gomez of the Central East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2704.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.