August 5, 2013 1:43 pm
Updated: September 2, 2013 5:54 pm

Pipe bomb detonated at Sask/US border crossing

Toronto man charged with possession of explosive device after pipe bomb detonated at Sask/US border crossing.

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ESTEVAN, Sask. – A Toronto man has been charged after a pipe bomb was detonated at the North Portal Border Crossing on Sunday.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) contacted RCMP at 3:30 p.m., advising they had found what they believed to be an explosive device in the personal effects of a Toronto resident entering Canada.

The building where the suspect’s vehicle was located was evacuated, but vehicles continued using the Port of Entry in the furthest lane from the incident.

The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit was called in and confirmed the device was a pipe bomb.

Northbound traffic through the North Portal was briefly disrupted while the device was detonated at 8:37 p.m.

Investigators do not believe the incident is related to any terrorist or organized crime group.

RCMP arrested and charged 21-year-old Derek Joseph Formosa with possession of an explosive device.

He will make his first court appearance in Weyburn, Saskatchewan on Tuesday.

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