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Police detonate improvised explosive device found near site of vehicle explosion in Barrie parking lot

Police tape on Anne Street North bridge Sept. 27, 2023 (CTV BARRIE NEWS/ROB COOPER) Police tape on Anne Street North bridge Sept. 27, 2023 (CTV BARRIE NEWS/ROB COOPER)

No injuries were reported after an improvised explosive device placed on a vehicle in the parking lot of a residential building in Barrie exploded overnight, police say.

According to the Barrie Police Service, emergency crews were called to the parking lot of a low-rise residential building on Anne Street at around 3 a.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls about an explosion.

“Upon arrival, Barrie Fire and Emergency Services, along with Barrie police personnel, located a vehicle that had in fact exploded, partially, and we also located an improvised explosive device nearby,” police spokesperson Peter Leon told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

“As a result of what was located, an immediate evacuation of the residence was required.”

Several nearby roads were closed and residents of the apartment building were removed from the area using local transit buses.

Police are investigating an early-morning incident on Anne Street North in Barrie. Wed. Sept. 27, 2023 (Courtesy of Michael Chorney/At the Scene Photography).

Other residents of the surrounding neighbourhood were told to shelter in place and the movement of traffic in and out of the area was restricted.

“As of around 8:30 this morning, the Barrie police explosive disposal unit did attend the scene and was able to safely and remotely detonate an improvised explosive device that was located a short distance away from the vehicle,” Leon continued, adding that the device was found about 10 to 12 feet away.

“We believe at this point that there was an explosive device placed upon the motor vehicle parked in the parking lot and that a portion of that device did not explode at the time, became dislodged, and that was the device that was remotely imploded by our explosive disposal unit.”

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police Service’s K9 unit were called in to ensure that no other explosive devices were in the area.

Fortunately, Leon said, no members of the public or first-responders were injured as a result of the incident.

“We have no less than five high-rise buildings, a retirement home, and a neighbourhood community in close proximity,” Leon said. “Certainly this could have been a disastrous outcome.” Top Stories

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