Manitoba

Practice aircraft bomb found in Winnipeg home

Winnipeg police are looking into how a possibly explosive practice aircraft bomb ended up in a St. Boniface home.

Winnipeg police are looking into how a possibly explosive practice aircraft bomb ended up in a St. Boniface home.

The Winnipeg Police Service's bomb unit was called in on Saturday afternoon, after family members found the device while cleaning the residence's attic around 2 p.m. CT, according to police.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said the bomb, which was a 46-centimetre cylindrical device, was safely removed from the home where it was found.

There is no indication to date on why the bomb was there or whether it is dangerous. Police continue to investigate.

It's the third time in a month that police in Manitoba have had to deal with a potentially explosive object.

Earlier this month, a Winnipeg police station was shut down for almost two hours after somebody brought in an item that officers deemed to be dangerous.

The man who brought the device to the Lyle Street station had thought he was doing police a favour. Police later said the object was deactivated.

The RCMP detachment in Portage la Prairie, Man., was evacuated last month after a farmer walked in with a hand grenade he said he found while tilling soil on his property.

Michalyshen said anyone who comes into contact with any possibly explosive device should contact police immediately.

"By no means should these items be handled by anyone other than people who have the training and the expertise," Michalyshen told reporters on Sunday.

"Leave it where it is, contact police, and the appropriate members within the service will be dispatched."