Morning Wakeup: Car explodes near Nanaimo auto shop, arsonist wanted

Photo by Dolly Skailes, Chek News

Nanaimo, British Columbia — A car near a Nanaimo auto repair shop has been targeted in an arson case, when an individual caused a vehicle to explode using flammable materials, according to the Nanaimo RCMP.

According to Chek News, the incident took place outside Nanaimo’s Pure Gold Automotive along Wallace Drive, on Monday around 6 a.m., and is currently under RCMP investigation.

Surveillance footage obtained by the RCMP depicts the culprit tossing a substance onto the vehicle, before walking away. Another video from a passing witness captured sometime after the initial arson depicts the vehicle covered in flames.

No injuries were reported by the Nanaimo Fire Rescue, with the blaze only causing property damage.

Nanaimo RCMP are urging anyone with information to contact them at 250-754-2345.


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