Charges have been laid after explosives were found at a residence on Tedman Avenue. The scene is now cleared after the Tactical Unit, Criminal Investigations Division Detectives and members of the Forensic Unit completed a search warrant of the residence around 2 a.m..
Greater Sudbury Police Service Tactical Unit proceeded onto the Tedman Avenue property early Saturday morning under the authority of a search warrant. Four homemade explosive devices were located in one unit of the building, and in a detached shed as well.
Tactical Unit Explosive Disposal Specialists wore a bomb suit and operated the explosive robot while locating the devices at the location. The EDU was able to secure all four devices and safely dispose of them on scene.
No additional explosive devices were detected after the Ontario Provincial Police Tactical Response Unit Explosive Detection Canine and his handler conducted a sweep of the building along with all of the out buildings on the property.
The 34-year old man that was taken into custody on Friday has been charged with the following: Possession of Prohibited Device, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (two counts), Explosives – Making or Possessing for an Unlawful Purpose, Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon/Device, Using Explosives, Possession of Incendiary Material, Drive Under Suspension (two counts).
Some residents in the area were evacuated over night. The Canadian Red Cross assisted those who were displaced.
Greater Sudbury Police are currently on scene at a Flour Mill address after receiving reports “of possible explosive devices” located on the property.
The public is being asked to avoid Tedman Avenue while police investigate, a news release Friday afternoon said.
“The information has not yet been confirmed, however, as a safety precaution, officers are in the process of going door-to-door, evacuating the building and neighbouring residences in order to investigate the matter,” the release said.
“Uniform officers and members of the tactical unit have the area contained. The explosive disposal unit is on scene and will be conducting a thorough search of the property in order to ensure public safety.”
Barricades will be set up on Dell Street at Tedman Avenue; Melvin Avenue at Edith Street; and, Melvin Avenue at Dell Street.
The incident emerged after police arrested a 34-year-old man around 9:40 a.m. Friday. The roadways will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Residents living in that area who wish to leave will be allowed to do so.
“We will provide an update when more information is available,” the release said. “We would like to thank the public in advance for your patience and cooperation while officers attempt to corroborate the information received.”
This story will be updated when more information is available.