Police respond to small explosion in east Vancouver

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Two houses were evacuated and police closed the road in the 15000 block of Southeast Fifth Street for a device that reportedly exploded Wednesday afternoon.

Vancouver police officers were called to the suspicious circumstances at 1:15 p.m. for a small explosion in a driveway reported by a homeowner, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said

“It is potentially a firework inside a pop bottle or something,” Kapp said. “There were no flames, some smoke.”

No one was reported injured and there was no damage to any structures, Kapp said.

“Fortunately it’s not a huge deal, but they’re going to be out there a little while,” she said.

A hazmat crew was called to the scene and a bomb technician also responded to remove the device, Kapp said.