Shortly after 9:00 AM on Tuesday August the 22nd, 2017, an employee at the General Electric construction site located at 287 Silverthorn Street in Welland entered his office to find a note on his desk warning the job site had been mined with explosive devices. The note indicated that several devices had been planted on site and were to explode at prescribed times with the intent to cause harm to as many people as possible.
The work site was evacuated and all personnel were removed to areas of safety. The Niagara Regional Police Service, Welland Fire, and Niagara EMS all responded to the scene.
A police investigation was commenced and as a result of that investigation a male was taken into custody.
Fifty year old Welland resident Christopher Reece was subsequently arrested and later charged with the offences of Break and Enter with Intent, Utter Threats of Death, and Mischief to Property.
Reece is schedule to have a Bail Hearing in St. Catharines on Wednesday August the 23rd.
In accordance with GE Job site and Niagara Regional Police protocols, the job site was examined for evidence of explosive devices after the deadlines for the explosions had passed. No devices were located and constructions crews were able to return to work by 2:00 PM.
Investigation into the motivation behind this incident is continuing.
Anyone with information can contact detectives at the NRPS 3 District – Welland office. 905-688-4111 ext. 3300