Two buildings destroyed by explosives are the subjects of an Alexis Creek RCMP investigation.
On Nov. 22 the Alexis Creek RCMP received a complaint of a concrete outhouse that had been damaged at the Pollywog Rest Area on Highway 20, approximately 16 kilometres east of Tatla Lake.
The initial investigation revealed the damage was caused by an explosion.
The following day, Nov. 23, the Alexis Creek RCMP received another report that a wooden share shed had been damaged at the Tatla Lake dump site, located on the east side of Tatla Lake. The investigation again revealed the damage was caused by an explosion.
“An in-depth investigation is being conducted by the Alexis Creek RCMP, who are being assisted by the BC RCMP Explosives Unit, RCMP National Security Unit and North District General Investigative Services,” said Cpl. Dave Tyreman, media relations officer with the North District RCMP.
“It has been learned by the investigative team that material used in these explosions is a substance called Tannerite. This substance is currently marketed as an ‘exploding target.’ It is reported to be quite stable and is set off using a high-velocity detonator.”
The destruction of the two mentioned properties is considered a criminal offence, mischief to property, and will be fully investigated by the Alexis Creek RCMP.
The RCMP are asking the public for assistance.
“If you know of anyone who may have purchased a large amount of this substance, or know anything about the destruction to these two buildings, please contact the Alexis Creek RCMP at 250-394-4211, or if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477,” he said.