'Intoxicated individuals' arrested with homemade explosive in Crowsnest Pass, say RCMP

Two young men have been charged after RCMP responded to a call early Monday morning about "intoxicated individuals" talking about blowing up a homemade explosive device in Blairmore.

RCMP located two suspects at a home in the southern Alberta community shortly after.

"This was a big public safety concern for our community and we were fortunate no one was hurt," says Cpl. Shayne Gudmundson, acting detachment commander of Crowsnest Pass RCMP.

"I want to thank the public for helping us to resolve this quickly and safely."

2 firearms seized

The suspects co-operated with police, say RCMP, and were arrested without incident. An explosive disposal unit was tasked with dismantling the device later that day.

RCMP say two firearms were also seized from the home.

Zachary Dillabough, 20, from Blairmore, and Conrad Ockey, 19, from Coleman have been charged with:

- Making an explosive.

- Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

- Uttering threats.

- Possessing a firearm without a licence.

RCMP said the two suspects will remain in custody until a bail hearing next Tuesday in Pincher Creek.

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