Two replica pipe bombs found inside Vancouver supervised-injection site

VPD spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin says that real pipe bombs eject shrapnel that can kill or cause serious injuries

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      Cleaning staff at a Vancouver supervised-injection site were surprised by what they saw inside the toilets on October 16.

      According to a Vancouver police news release, they discovered two replica pipe bombs.

      They were safely destroyed by the VPD emergency response team's bomb technician, who visited the building near Pender and Abbott streets.

      “We don’t want to instill fear, but we want the public to be vigilant,” Const. Tania Visintin said in the news release. “If you see something suspicious, please call police. Don’t handle the suspicious object yourself.”

      Nobody has been arrested.

      Visintin said that real pipe bombs eject shrapnel that can kill or cause serious injuries.

      “At a glance, replica pipe bombs can appear very real," she stated. "As such, we take these calls very seriously and must investigate them thoroughly.”

      This PBS video shows the difference between a pipe bomb and a pressure-cooker bomb.

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