Police Charge North Talbot Resident, Detonate Explosives

Thursday March 1st, 2012

Posted at 6:32pm

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On Tuesday, Windsor Police were called to a residence in the 800 Block of North Talbot Road after they received a report that a male inside the residence had access to firearms and was threatening to harm himself.

The Windsor Police Emergency Services Unit attended the scene, and just after 2pm that day, the male resident peacefully surrendered to police and was taken to hospital for assessment. A number of firearms were seized from the residence, and several household containers filled with unknown substances were also found on the property.

Due to concerns regarding the stability of the substances located, and in conjunction with provincial protocol, the OPP Urban Search and Rescue, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Explosives Response Team (UCRT) was called in to assist with identifying the chemicals involved, and rendering them safe. Some of the chemical compounds located were determined to have explosive qualities.

After on-scene testing by UCRT members, they determined that the safest course of action would be to destroy the chemicals on the property by conducting on-site render-safe procedures Wednesday evening. The destruction of the substances was conducted by members of the Windsor Police Service Explosive Disposal Unit and monitored by Windsor Fire and Rescue Service and Windsor-Essex EMS. The Ministry of the Environment was also notified and there were no environmental concerns regarding the process. As of 8:30am, March 1st, all the chemicals located on the property have been rendered safe.

Police have charged 45 year old David Zarankin, of Windsor with possession of explosives under the Criminal Code. He has been remanded in custody until his next appearance in court, which is scheduled for Friday March 2nd, 2012.

Windsor Police are still at the scene in relation to this investigation, and North Talbot Road is once again open to all traffic.

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