UPDATE: Homemade pipe bomb discovered after traffic stop in Kelowna

A 38-year-old Surrey man faces potential charges

An explosive device was discovered in a car pulled over by Kelowna RCMP on Tuesday morning, causing traffic along a portion of Highway 97 through Kelowna to be temporarily re-routed.

On Nov. 5 around 3:15 a.m., a red Toyota Echo was pulled over along Harvey Avenue. Police said the driver was prohibited from diving and taken into police custody without incident.

“During his interaction with the driver, the officer spotted what appeared to be a homemade pipe bomb,” said Cpl. Meghan Foster of the Kelowna RCMP.

“As a precaution vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area was diverted away from the man’s vehicle, until police could appropriately consult with the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit in Vancouver.”

The vehicle has since been relocated to a safe location to allow RCMP members to safely remove and dispose of the item.

The driver, a 38-year-old Surrey man, faces potential charges and will appear in court on Monday.

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