Explosion at B.C. vape store was 'targeted attack': owner
Published Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:00PM EDT
The RCMP in Langley, B.C., is investigating after a businessman says he was the victim of a "targeted attack" that saw an explosion shatter the windows of his store.
Shane Titus rushed to his store "All Day Vapes," which sells electronic-cigarette supplies, on Friday after his security alarm company called him to say something had gone wrong.
"The whole road was shut down, (the) fire department was here… and police," Titus told CTV Vancouver.
An explosion went off at about 11:30 p.m., shattering six store windows. The sound of the blast could be heard kilometres away.
"It had the potential to be devastating to any number of people," RCMP Cpt. Holly Largy told CTV Vancouver.
Titus said it was "lucky" that he was only dealing with property damage and that no one had been walking the streets in the area at the time.
"I'm still in a state of shock," said Titus.
"Nobody was hurt, nobody was down here. It is just a matter of replacing the glass."
The RCMP says that following the explosion, a gas meter at the store was leaking.
After fire crews and police had cleared the scene, Titus said he had chance to review surveillance footage, which left him stunned.
The video appears to show a man setting down a knapsack in front of the gas meter, just minutes before the explosion.
"It was clearly a targeted attack in front of my business," said Titus.
Police continue to hunt for the perpetrator and motive behind the attack.
"There are some pieces that were recovered that lead people to believe it is suspicious," said Largy.
But Titus says he doesn't know why anyone would try to harm his store.
The business was reopened Saturday, despite boarded-up windows.
With a report from CTV Vancouver