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No arrests yet in ongoing Barrie bomb probe on Anne St.

City police responded to parking lot at 108A Anne St. N., near Highway 400 on Sept. 27
Barrie police Const. Kevin Barkley, of the tactical support unit, looks into a vehicle at the scene during the recent bombing on Sept. 27, 2023 at 108 Anne St. N.

Barrie police say there are still no details to be released and no arrests have been made in connection to an ongoing bomb investigation, which began two months ago on Anne Street.

Emergency crews were called to a parking lot at 108A Anne St. N., near the bridge over Highway 400, shortly before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

An improvised explosive device (IED) had been placed around the gas-cap area of a white SUV in the lot. The device had exploded, damaging surrounding vehicles, prior to emergency crews arriving.

It remains unclear whether the incident was targeted or a random act.

No information about a possible suspect, including a description, has been released. 

At the time of the blast, Ontario Provincial Police's urban search and rescue (USAR) unit, as well as the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRNE) response team, were on scene assisting with the investigation. 

Barrie police communications co-ordinator Peter Leon told BarrieToday back on Sept. 28 they had an option available to utilize the services of the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, as part of the investigation to get to the bottom of what happened.

The centre conducts “scientific investigations in cases involving injury or death in unusual circumstances and in crimes against persons or property,” as described on their website. They utilize specialized forensic examination and analysis.

“At least we have a starting point with that vehicle. That gives you the point to begin with and we’ll go from there," Leon said at the time. 

No serious injuries were reported. 

The investigation continues.

Click here to see a video of the explosives disposal unit detonating what is believed to be a fragment of the initial device.

About the Author: Kevin Lamb

Kevin Lamb picked up a camera in 2000 and by 2005 was freelancing for the Barrie Examiner newspaper until its closure in 2017. He is an award-winning photojournalist, with his work having been seen in many news outlets across Canada and internationally
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