Manitoba

Reservists charged after military training weapons found

Two reserve soldiers in Winnipeg face weapons charges after police seized stolen military training weapons, as well as firearms and ammunition.

Two reserve soldiers in Winnipeg face weapons and explosives charges after police seized some stolen military training weapons, as well as firearms and ammunition.

Winnipeg police say they found the weapons on Sunday from a home on Royal Mint Drive, in the southeast end of the city, after they went there on reports of a dispute.

Additional weapons were later seized from a home on the 100 block of Tu Pelo Avenue in the city's Valley Gardens neighbourhood.

One of the items seized was a "thunderflash," an explosive device that military officials believe was taken during a training exercise, says Lt. Donna Riguidel.

"It's to create battle noise when you're on an exercise. So they found that," Riguidel told CBC News on Tuesday.

"That is considered a military training weapon because … it is an explosive."

Military officials have determined that no weapons were taken from Minto Armouries, where the two reservists trained, Riguidel said.

"As soon as we found out that there were weapons and everything, there was actually a count done," she said.

"They didn't even trust the paperwork. They brought people in to make sure that everything was there that's supposed to be there."

The men, aged 20 and 25, have been charged with assault, theft, weapons-related and explosives-related offences, according to police.

Both men were released on a promise to appear in court, police say.

The Canadian Forces have launched an investigation into the matter, Riguidel said.

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