British Columbia: Penticton man who detonated homemade bombs in parks and near elementary school sentenced to nine months behind bars

A Penticton man who admitted to placing and detonating homemade bombs in public parks last spring has been sentenced to nine months behind bars.

Blair Robert Balch, 50, appeared in Penticton Provincial Court Monday before Judge Gregory Koturbash, having pleaded guilty to exploding multiple improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in March 2021 that left the community shaken and scared.

On March 6 and 7, 2021, residents reported explosions in the early hours of the morning in King’s Park. Police found explosive devices that had caused damage to the bleachers.

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Source: Castanet News

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