Car bomb goes off in downtown Kelowna

A vehicle fire that occurred along Lawrence Avenue Jan. 11 was a result of what police are describing as a "low-order explosive device."

Police investigate the scene where a car bomb went off in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 near the parking lot beside Christopher's restaurant. Mounties believe the incident was not a random act of violence; no motive has been determined at this point in time.

A vehicle fire that occurred near the parking lot beside Christopher’s restaurant Jan. 11 was a result of what police are describing as a “low-order explosive device.”

“A high-order (explosive device) would’ve likely created more physical damage to the ground and the surroundings, this was really contained to the vehicle itself,” said Const. Kris Clark.

The car bomb was detonated in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 and police do not believe it to be a random act of vandalism.

Clark wouldn’t reveal who the vehicle belonged to and said there is no indication at this point to suggest it was gang-related.

“There’s no indication for motive as of yet,” said Clark.

He added this is the first instance of a car bomb he has come across during his career as a Mountie.

“I’ve seen vehicle fires, arson specifically, to vehicles, which was targeted. We have seen specific damage, vandalism, to specific vehicles. But certainly nothing where an explosive device was used that I recall.”

Although no one was injured from the incident, Clark noted the public could’ve potentially been in danger.

“Such an act could lead to unintended persons being injured. Due to the nature of the incident, there’s a concussive force, which can send broken glass and result in flames as well.

“Due to the serious nature of the incident, it’s our highest priority to solve it in order to ensure public safety.”

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

 

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