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Police defuse volatile situation

<p>Police at the city’s OPP detachment had a potentially explosive situation on their hands yesterday morning.</p>

Explosives brought into OPP office





“We don’t want the public coming into our offices with explosives, or weapons and fire arms and ammunition … We want them to call the police services first.”






Police at the city’s OPP detachment had a potentially explosive situation on their hands yesterday morning.





At around 7 a.m. yesterday, a man walked into the Kanata detachment carrying a small metal box full of homemade explosives that he had discovered and confiscated from a family member. He brought them to police with the expectation they would dispose of them for him.





“He discovered it somewhere and thought it shouldn’t be where it was and picked it up and brought it into our office,” said Ontario Provincial Police Constable Eric Booth.





Instead, Ottawa Police Service’s Explosive Disposal Unit were called in and safely carried out a controlled detonation of the explosives in a nearby field.





Const. Isabelle Lemieux with the Ottawa Police said it is not known how much damage could have been caused if the box had exploded in the detachment building and city police are still investigating where the materials were obtained to create the unspecified explosives.





Charges may be laid in the incident, she said.





Ottawa Police and the OPP are reminding people who come across or possess explosives not to bring the materials into their local police stations.





“We don’t want the public coming into our offices with explosives, or weapons and fire arms and ammunition,” said Booth.





“We want them to call the police services first and we’ll come and remove them in a safe manner.”


 
 
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