British Columbia

RCMP arrest man following series of explosions in Penticton

Penticton RCMP report that officers have arrested a 50-year-old man believed to be responsible for a series of recent explosions, but it's not clear whether the suspect will face charges.

Penticton RCMP has not publicly identified the suspect, a 50-year-old man

Carmi Elementary School, seen in this Google Streetview image, was the site of one of the explosion incidents Penticton RCMP have been investigating. (Google Streetview)

Penticton RCMP have arrested a 50-year-old man believed to be responsible for a series of recent explosions, but it's not clear whether the suspect will face charges.

Earlier this month, police said they required reinforcements to investigate the explosions. Two incidents were confirmed — one on March 7 at a local soccer field and a second on March 8 on the grounds of Carmi Elementary School. 

RCMP said the explosions went off between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. PT. They declined to say how big the explosions were or what was used to set them off. 

Mounties also investigated other potential explosions.

Penticton RCMP said in a news release Tuesday that a suspect had been arrested four days earlier following the investigation. No explanation was given for the delay in notifying the public.

"RCMP are confident the public is not at risk, and appreciate everyone's patience and support," said Const. James Grandy in a written statement.

Police have not named the man. 

"He was subsequently arrested, and later released after voluntarily speaking with officers," said Grandy. "The man confirmed he meant no harm to the community."

According to Grandy, police are still thinking about forwarding charge recommendations to the B.C. Prosecution Service for their consideration.

Anyone with information about the explosions is asked to contact Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300.

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