Windsor, Ontario — The police arson unit was called in following an explosion at Stellantis’ Windsor Assembly Plant on Thursday which investigators are currently considering “intentional.”
Windsor police arrived at the minivan factory at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday evening following a report of an explosion at the facility.
According to the Windsor police’s press release, “the suspicious device was located in the area of the facility not generally used for general work and acts as a storage facility. The incident occurred on the west side of the facility on the second floor.”
As well, no injuries were reported and there was no active fire as a result of the explosion, however, suspicious items were located at the explosion site, prompting an arson investigation to be launched.
Referred to interchangeably in the release as the “materials”, the “device” and the “package”, the explosive in question was initially reported by police as an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), but the language was quickly retracted and clarified.
“The definition of a previous posting calling the suspicious package an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was inaccurate as all the components have yet to be tested. The threshold to confirm as an IED has yet to be met,” read the press release.
Windsor Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Windsor Police Service Arson Unit at 519-255-6700 ext. 4330 or ext. 4000 (after hours), Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.
UPDATE 17/11/21: Windsor police have confirmed that a man was arrested in connection with the explosion on Wednesday, following a raid of a residence on Drouillard Road in Windsor that involved officers armed with rifles and a bomb robot.