Acar explosion that rocked the Riverside Drive area of Chilliwack Saturday evening was not the result of a criminal act, according to local RCMP.
Police evacuated residences and called in police dogs and a bomb disposal unit after an explosion at a residence in the 46000 block of Riverside Drive rattled windows and set off car alarms at about 7:50 p.m. Saturday.
Firefighters had arrived on the scene earlier to find a car engulfed in flames in the home's driveway and its lone occupant lying on the ground conscious nearby.
The man was sent to hospital and treated for superficial burns.
RCMP took over the investigation after preliminary circumstances suggested the explosion, which blew debris 30 metres from the scene, might have been caused by a criminal act.
Mounties called in the Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Section, the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service and the RCMP Explosives Disposal unit to help.
"Subsequent Investigation, though, proved that the explosion was not caused by a criminal act, but possibly, a motor vehicle defect," RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen said in a press release. "Evidence indicated that when the victim went to turn on the vehicle it ignited vapours from a leaking fuel line and caused the explosion."
Mounties have now requested a mechanical inspection of the vehicle to find out the specific cause of the explosion.
© Copyright 2013