October 19, 2016
There’d likely be a crater where 79 Park St. now stands if one of those homemade bombs detonated during Sunday’s fire, said Niagara Regional Police Det. Sgt. Wayne Genders.
And there were at least four improvised explosive devices found within the upper apartment, including one that incorporated a typical backyard barbecue propane tank.
Genders said Welland firefighters he spoke to described the devastation that could have been caused if just one of the bombs had exploded.
“If that would have blown it would have leveled the house and there’d be collateral damage to the surrounding homes,” he said Wednesday, while providing details about his ongoing investigation into the startling discovery of explosives after Welland firefighters extinguished the blaze that started at about 1:38 p.m.
He said firefighters also faced a huge risk while extinguishing the fire.