A Molotov cocktail wasn’t the holiday gift one Brandon resident asked for, but got after a homemade bomb was hurled at their window twice over the weekend.
Police said on Friday and Saturday, a Molotov cocktail comprised of a gasoline-filled bottle was launched at a residence on the 3500-block of Willowdale Crescent.
In both cases, the cocktail, which is commonly referred to as a poor man’s grenade, failed to break the window, causing a small fire outside the residence.
One person, who lives in the area, was concerned after learning a bomb was thrown in her neighbourhood.
“It’s alarming,” she said, asking not to be identified for safety reasons. “It doesn’t make me feel safe knowing that something like this can happen around here.”
While unsettling, she took solace knowing that it was one specific residence that was singled out.
“As bad as it is to say, at least it’s one house targeted,” she said. “It would be scarier if it was a random place because that means it could be your place. You wouldn’t know who’s next.”
She described the area as a quiet neighbourhood with a diverse population that includes everyone from students to retirees.
Homes line the south side of the block, while large apartment blocks dominate the north side.
She wasn’t sure which residence was targeted.
“It sounds like something gang-related,” she said. “Like someone has made some enemies or didn’t pay their debts, but it’s the first time anything like this has happened around here that I know of.”
Driving the block, there were no obvious signs of damage at any of the residences.
Police said the fires were put out without injury.
They continue to investigate.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 30, 2013