Saanich police hunt for clues behind device found in park

Saanich police are seeking DNA and fingerprints on the remains of what appears to be a bomb left near Hyacinth Park and Marigold Road.

Saanich police are seeking DNA and fingerprints on the remains of what appears to be a bomb left near Hyacinth Park and Marigold Road.

Described as two plastic bottles taped together with a liquid inside and stringed with a wick, a passerby altered police to the object Saturday night.

At the request of Saanich police’s bomb expert, the RCMP explosive disposal unit based on the Mainland hopped the last ferry to Nanaimo and brought over a water cannon. The device was blasted apart around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

Forensics officers are determining whether the device could have detonated, but Sgt. Steve Eassie said police assumed the device was dangerous and cordoned off the area.

It was found on the edge of Hyacinth Park and Marigold Road, and near a creek culvert.

“It had the characteristics of an explosive device,” Eassie said. “It’s possible based on is location it could have been there for some time, even since Halloween.”

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