Police ‘working across the clock’ in Kitchener to establish man who died in fiery explosion

KITCHENER—Investigators are working across the clock to establish and discover out extra in regards to the man who died in a fiery automobile explosion in entrance of the courthouse in downtown Kitchener on Friday.

The most important crime unit has taken over the investigation, mentioned Cherri Greeno, spokesperson for the Waterloo Regional Police Service.


“The investigation may be very energetic. Officers are working across the clock to find out the identification and doable motive.”

Police are ready for outcomes from the coroner’s autopsy to probably verify the person’s id. They don’t seem to be searching for any extra suspects.

“We imagine the individual within the car is the individual chargeable for the incident,” mentioned Greeno.


Waterloo Regional Police say there isn’t any additional concern to public security after looking out and clearing two residences linked to the car explosion.

The searched houses have been on Hearthwood Drive and Grand Flats Path in Kitchener. The Waterloo Regional Police Providers Explosive Disposal Unit, with the assistance of the Peel Regional Police Explosives Disposal Unit, searched the areas and located them clear on Friday.

Homes close to the residences in query have been additionally evacuated throughout the search.


“Any space that officers had issues about would have been evacuated. That would come with residences in addition to the courthouse,” mentioned Greeno.

Greeno mentioned that any additional data, together with from witness statements, video surveillance or different sources, will contribute to figuring out the person within the car and his motive.


A suspected improvised explosive machine is set to be the reason for the explosion. Police say the person within the car was chargeable for the explosion, however is not going to but name the occasion a suicide.

“Proper now we’re taking a look at all doable motives,” mentioned Greeno.

Any data on the investigation might be launched to the general public through social media channels and media releases, she mentioned.


“It was a surprising incident,” mentioned Greeno. “We acknowledge the general public concern and curiosity.”

The person died within the car explosion Friday morning, whereas parked on Duke Road close to Frederick Road beside the courthouse. Witnesses mentioned they heard a loud noise like a gunshot, after which noticed the car go up in flames.

Firefighters have been in a position to put out the fireplace, and the Waterloo Regional Police Explosive Disposal Unit was on scene till late afternoon.


On Saturday, all that remained of the positioning of the explosion was a scorch mark on the highway. Bits of asphalt seemed melted, and stray steel appeared glued onto the highway from the warmth.



The courthouse itself was constructed to face up to explosions from inside. Fabricated from principally concrete and shatterproof glass, it’s designed to break down on itself after which stabilize.


Anybody with data is requested to contact police at 519-570-9777. Nameless ideas can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

This reporting is funded by the Canadian authorities by means of its Native Journalism Initiative.