Security mishandled pipe bomb, dumped its contents

(Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

(Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Tony Blais, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:59 PM ET

EDMONTON ─ A pipe bomb found in carry-on luggage at the Edmonton International Airport was carelessly handled by multiple security officers including dumping the bomb’s contents, police documents show.

According to RCMP search warrant documents, several individuals ─ including Garda security staff, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) staff and Transport Canada employees ─ touched and examined the potentially deadly device in the four days before cops were called.

The documents, which were used to get a warrant to search the home and car of the 18-year-old Spruce Grove man who brought the pipe bomb to the airport, also reveal a security operations manager actually opened the device on his desk and threw out most of the contents.

A police report states an officer with the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) described the pipe bomb as an improvised explosive device (IED) and said "had it exploded, it could have been lethal."


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