Man in custody after police find active explosive devices during traffic stop in East Vancouver

One man is in custody after Vancouver Police officers discovered he was in possession of active explosives.

Investigators say they discovered what looked like two grenades during a routine traffic stop Thursday night, forcing them to close down several blocks while they carefully detonated them in a nearby school field.

The grenades were found in the back of a cargo truck at an Esso station near Fraser Street and King Edward Avenue.

Shortly after 7 p.m., police received a 9-1-1 call about a suspicious person in the area. Officers arrived and found the man in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked beside the convenience store at the gas station.

Officers spoke with the 33-year-old man and found he was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Further investigation found he was a prohibited driver and police also seized a set of brass knuckles from his pocket.

Upon a search of the truck, police allegedly located throwing knives, a tactical vest, and two hand grenades.

The Vancouver Police Explosive Disposal Unit analyzed the devices in the back of the truck with the use of mobile robot.

The grenades were x-rayed and police determined they were active explosive devices. The devices were collected and taken to a nearby field where they were safely disposed of by way of a controlled detonation.

The 33-year-old man from Surrey is now facing multiple charges. He remains in custody.