Manitoba

Bomb unit called to Winnipeg autobody shop

Winnipeg police closed part of Marion Street on Thursday morning, as the bomb unit dealt with some explosive material that was found in an autobody shop after an early-morning fire.

'Explosive material' found at Marion Street business, say police

Police block a road near the scene of a fire in St. Boniface on Thursday. (Angela Johnston/CBC)

Winnipeg police closed part of Marion Street on Thursday morning, as the bomb unit dealt with some explosive material that was found in an autobody shop after an early-morning fire.

Firefighters were initially called to Eastside Collision, located on the 800 block of Marion Street, just after 5 a.m. CT.

Part of the street was closed for an hour as crews extinguished the fire, which was contained to one room inside the autobody shop.

But at about 10:30 a.m., streets around Eastside Collision were closed to traffic again as fire crews and the Winnipeg Police Service's bomb unit were called back to the business.

Officers with the arson strike force had found "explosive material within the building," but it was "made safe" by the bomb unit by noon, police said in a release.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said police are trying to determine if that material, or something similar, could have caused the fire.

"I can't get into specifics, but I can tell you that the item or material that we did locate is not something that … we believe would typically be there or be used through the course of the duties of that particular business," Michalyshen told CBC News.

Marion Street at Archibald Street, as well as westbound Marion Street at Dawson Road, have since reopened to traffic.