Lethbridge man charged after explosives incident

Lethbridge Police have charged a 32-year-old man in connection with the detonation of an explosive device.

On June 2, 2018 just after 1 a.m. police responded to two reports of a loud bang believed to have been a gunshot in the area of 17 Street and 9 Avenue South. Police arrived and extinguished a small fire in an alley in the immediate area. Evidence was noted on-scene including a debris field and officers determined an improvised explosive device had been detonated. During a neighbourhood canvass, the investigation led police to an address in the 800 block of 16th Street South which resulted in the arrest of two men from inside the residence. The residence was contained by police and investigators from the Criminal Investigation Section and Explosive Disposal Unit executed a search warrant later the same day in the basement suite. Inside additional evidence and explosive materials were located and seized.

At this point in the investigation there is nothing to suggest the explosion was a targeted against any person or property.

Shaun Hlavach, 32, of Lethbridge, has been charged with intent to cause an explosion and making or possession of explosives for an unlawful purpose. Hlavach has been remanded in custody pending a bail hearing.

The second man was released from custody without charges.