Letter bomb explodes at Canadian television station

Friday, June 18, 1999

Letter bomb explodes at Canadian television station

18 June 1999

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) reports that a letter bomb exploded at Edmonton's A-Channel Television station on the morning of 16 June 1999, injuring Assignment Editor Garnet Lewis and reporter Stacey Brotzel, according to news reports.

According to the "Globe and Mail" newspaper, the device arrived at A Channel's newsroom with the rest of the day's mail. It arrived in a white envelope appearing to contain a videocassette. The envelope was marked with a return address. A search conducted by police, however, was unable to connect it with any person or company. Police spokesman Kelly Gordon said, "Whatever was inside that package was sufficient to cause serious injury or even death if it exploded completely."

At this point, no motive has been uncovered for the bomb, but according to Canadian Press and Reuters, police are investigating a possible connection between this incident and two letter bombs sent to Edmonton and Calgary's police chiefs earlier this year. All three bombs were said to have been sent through regular mail in similar packages. So far no suspects have been named.

Lewis and Brotzel were treated for minor injuries and were released from hospital. Workers at A-Channel have expressed concern for their safety and police have issued alert warnings to other television stations in Edmonton.

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