One man is in custody after emergency crews descended on an apartment building in New Westminster Sunday afternoon following reports of an explosion.
Police said no one was injured and have spent the past 24 hours searching the apartment.
“What happened here could have been a lot worse,” aid Sgt. Jeff Scott.
“Many people could have been injured if that explosion was bigger or if fire had spread. We encourage residents to call us if they observe any drug activity or suspicious behaviour in their building.”
One man is in custody after we responded to reports of an explosion. No one was injured. We will be executing a search warrant and examining the scene with a drug lab team. #NewWest pic.twitter.com/2TdTLP3B1o
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In a series of posts to social media, neighbour Alita Kippan said at least six police vehicles, an ambulance, four fire trucks, a mobile police command centre and what looked like two mobile police labs had set up at the corner of Carnarvon and Elliot streets around 5 p.m. that night.
Throughout the evening, Kippan said, crews in HAZMAT suits went into the apartment building before coming back out and getting hosed off by fire crews.