A Banff Employee Found a Detonated Pipe Bomb Yesterday

Travis Fortnum


On February 26, a Parks Canada employee in Banff National Park found an improvised explosive device which had detonated within a garbage receptacle near Carrot Creek.

The pipe bomb had damaged the bin when it went off.

The Banff RCMP have since recovered the device and are currently investigating.

Since the discovery, police and Parks Canada have searched a number of garbage bins in the park and haven’t found any more devices.

"This event is considered at this time to be an act of vandalism rather than a deliberate intent to harm any person or to promote a cause,” says Staff Sergeant Michael Buxton-Carr.

“However, premature or delayed detonation of this amateur device could have caused significant injury to those who planted the device or to the employees who empty the garbage bin. 

“Anyone who locates a similar device should not attempt to handle it and is asked to vacate the area and notify the RCMP immediately."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Banff RCMP at (403) 763-6600. 

Anyone who wants to stay anonymous can contact Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477 or CLICK HERE.

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