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Barrie bomb probe continues with eye on device sophistication

'At least we have a starting point with that vehicle. That gives you the point to begin with and we’ll go from there,' says Barrie police official
Barrie police, along with OPP investigators, comb the scene for clues in the bombing that happened at a parking lot near the Anne Street bridge shortly before 3 a.m., Wednesday.

City police say there will likely not be an update issued today in connection to an ongoing bomb investigation on Anne Street in Barrie.

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.

When asked about the sophistication of the IED that was used, Barrie police communications co-ordinator Peter Leon said “that will be something that will form part of the investigation.”

Leon said Ontario Provincial Police's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) unit and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRNE) response team were on scene assisting with the investigation. He they have the training and expertise in analyzing that kind of evidence.

Another option available to investigators is to use the services of the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, if need be, he added.

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.

“They’ll turn every corner they have to to bring this to a conclusion that we will all be satisfied with,” Leon said. 

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

No arrests have been announced and no serious injuries were reported. 

The investigation continues.

Kevin Lamb

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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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