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Man arrested after bomb threat at GE construction site in Welland, Ont.

Police say workers found a note indicating a number of explosives had been planted and were set to explode at the job site earlier this week


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The company broke ground on the site, which will make reciprocating gas engines, compression components, parts for mechanical drive and power generation, as well as diesel engine components, last year. PHOTO: David Kennedy

WELLAND, Ont.—Niagara regional police say a local man is facing charges after a note was placed at a General Electric construction site in Welland, Ont., saying it was mined with explosive devices.

In a news release Aug. 24, police say an employee at the construction site entered his office Tuesday morning and noticed the note on his desk.

Police say the note indicated that the devices were going to explode at certain times with the intent to cause harm to as many people as possible.

The work site was evacuated and police officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene.

Police say a 50-year-old Welland man was later arrested and charged with break and enter with intent, uttering death threats and mischief to property.

The area was searched and police say no devices were discovered.

The job site will eventually house a new 450,000 square-foot GE reciprocating engine plant. The company broke ground on the $240 million project last summer and expects to begin production at the facility next year.

Police say they are asking anyone with information to come forward.


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