Kenora property owner Richard Bootsveld has a large blast hole in his field in the Laclu area, as the OPP detonated a suspected bomb on his property.
The bomb was supposedly left behind by a former neighbour, and the OPP were contacted to dispose of the device.
Bootsveld's property was damaged in the process, and he explains how the bomb was disposed.
“Once it was confirmed that it was a bomb, it was placed in a galvanized wash-tub, and carried across the road, out onto my field. I saw an OPP cruiser SUV parked along my field, and I saw the wash-tub about 50 yards out, and I thought that was strange, but the officer didn't stop me or attempt to communicate, so I just drove by," he said.
Bootsveld's property was damaged in the process, and he says he is upset that he was not contacted before-hand.
“It's not the fact that my field was damaged. My main concern is the fact that nobody has talked to us, and nobody will return our calls, and nobody attempted to contact us. They didn't let any of the neighbours know. I've been getting phone-calls from the neighbours asking what the heck was going on. This blast was heard for literally miles around,” he said.
When Kenora OPP were asked to comment, they said that it was not a bomb, but it was a suspected explosive or hazardous substance. The Explosive Disposal Unit attended and safely disposed the item.
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