Mountie injured in explosion

KITSCOTY — An Alberta RCMP officer was severely injured Monday when an object he was handling exploded in the detachment.

KITSCOTY — An Alberta RCMP officer was severely injured Monday when an object he was handling exploded in the detachment.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Patrick Webb says the object hasn’t been identified, but it was a device that was meant to explode.

“We’re trying to determine what it was, why it went off, was it handled properly and make sure this won’t happen again,” he said Monday.

The officer is a 12-year member of the Kitscoty detachment and was in hospital recovering from his injuries, Webb said.

Another officer and a support person in the detachment at the time of the explosion were shaken up but not hurt, he added.

The detachment office was also damaged when the object exploded and has been closed until the investigation is complete and the damage repaired, Webb said.

Webb said all calls for service will be handled by Lloydminster and Vermilion RCMP until the Kitscoty detachment reopens.