Explosion inside tower leads to evacuation

An explosion outside a sixth-floor elevator at a Saba Road residential building has prompted Richmond Mounties to ask for the public's help in finding answers.

Around 9 p.m. on Monday, Richmond Fire-Rescue responded to a report of a fire inside the building at 7888 Saba Road, near No. 3 Road.

The incident prompted the evacuation of the entire building and a closure of the nearby streets, but ultimately no fire was found.

Instead, the remains of an incendiary device was found that caused "a small amount of damage" to an area near the elevators.

"It is fortunate no one was injured when the device went off," Richmond RCMP Cpl. Ashton said.

Sandra Wai (@diitcher) was passing by the building when she saw the people gathered outside and a man mentioned what happened.

She tweeted: "Whoa. Explosion on the 6th floor of the apartment buildings on Saba and 3 Road. Insaaaane."

Ashton said the device was "more like a big firework," but said the pieces will now be analyzed at a laboratory.

Richmond RCMP's Serious Crime Unit is now conducting the investigation, and canvassing the area for witnesses and reviewing video surveillance footage for potential suspects.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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