Two men have been charged with possession of an explosive device after York police allegedly recovered explosive material and a detonator from a Richmond Hill home Friday.
In a Tuesday news release, York Regional Police said they began an investigation on Thursday after receiving information about a suspect who had been investigated by the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
On Friday, York police raided a home on Larratt Lane and allegedly located “a quantity of hazardous, explosive materials as well as a detonator device,” according to the release.
Officers with the Ontario Provincial Police and the York police bomb squad then entered the home and removed the material.
Neighbours who were evacuated Friday have since been let back into their homes, York police said.
On Saturday, a spokesperson for York Regional Police said the recovered chemicals were not part of an illegal drug operation.
“Lots of different chemicals were found in the residence,” the spokesperson said. “We are treating it as a hazardous chemicals incident. It’s not a drug lab.”
York police arrested Mahyar Mohammadiasl, 18, and Reza Mohammadiasl, 47, both of Richmond Hill on Monday. Both men have been charged with possession of an explosive device.
It was not immediately clear whether the two men are related.
York police said the investigation is ongoing. They are asking anyone who knows the two men to speak to investigators.
Those with information call the designated tip line at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6075 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.
With files from the Richmond Hill Liberal
Emma Sandri is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @emmarosesandri