Bomb equipment found in West Kelowna home

Sgt. Lindsey Houghton (left) of the B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

WEST KELOWNA – An Okanagan man is facing multiple criminal charges after police discovered an arsenal of bomb material and weapons in his West Kelowna home.

The 36-year-old man was arrested August 28th following a Special Enforcement Unit gang investigation prompted by a tip from the public. 

Obtaining a search warrant for the man's home, investigators discovered a stash of equipment they believe to be bomb-making material: modified timers, batteries, igniters, dismantled shotgun shells, a container of black powder, and small wooden boxes fitted with wiring.

They did not find any assembled explosive devices.

Their search also uncovered several compound bows, a crossbow, brass knuckles, two semi-automatic assault-style rifles – items that violate a weapons prohibition ordered to the man who has a prior criminal record.

Police believe the man has links to organized crime and continue to investigate, but are not describing the case as a terrorism threat.

The suspect is currently in police custoday and has been transferred to Alberta for an outstanding criminal matter.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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