Charlottetown police arrest man for possession of pipe bombs

Ryan Ross
Published on June 20, 2014

As a group of children were celebrating their graduation from pre-kindergarten Wednesday, Charlottetown police were looking for explosives across the street on Avonlea Drive.

Somewhere in the small, white bungalow that was cordoned off with police tape they allegedly found two homemade pipe bombs and bomb making materials.

Some of the residents in the quiet neighbourhood near L.M. Montgomery Elementary School were surprised to hear why police cars, officers and white vans were at the house for most of the night.

When one resident, who didn’t want his name used, found out why the police were at the house, he said it wasn’t the greatest news to hear.

“That is crazy,” he said.

Charlottetown police arrested a 34-year-old man after receiving information Tuesday about someone who might have been in possession of explosive devices.

The Halifax RCMP explosive disposal unit was brought in to help search the home.

Those devices were taken to Halifax for forensic analysis, examination and disposal.

In an interview with The Guardian, Deputy police Chief Gary McGuigan said he didn’t know how big the bombs were or what their capacity for destruction was.

The bomb disposal unit took the bombs and materials to Halifax for analysis and eventual disposal.

As for what the bombs were meant for, McGuigan said the police don’t know yet.

“At this point it’s unclear.”

Back on Avonlea Drive, another resident mentioned the pre-kindergarten graduation and said he didn’t find out what was happening at the house until it was reported in the news.

“It’s a little scary,” he said.

Area residents started to notice the police tape and flashing lights as they made their way home around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

At the time, some neighbours were calling each other, asking what was happening down the street.

Terry Temple and his wife were playing cards with friends at their home so they didn’t realize what was happening until one of their guests drove home.

After driving by the police she called her friends to see if they knew what was happening.

Temple was surprised when he eventually found out.

“It’s a nice quiet neighbourhood,” he said.

Arlo William Callaghan, 35, has been charged with two counts of possession of a pipe bomb and has been released on an undertaking.

Callaghan is scheduled to appear in court June 30.

Charlottetown police say a second person is under investigation and charges may be pending against him.