Loaded anti-tank rocket launcher found in B.C. bush is a puzzle
SHAWNIGAN LAKE, B.C. – Authorities are puzzling over the discovery of a loaded rocket launcher found in dense bush by the side of Highway 1 on southern Vancouver Island.
A military officer with two tours of duty in Afghanistan identified the weapon as a M72 self-propelled rocket launcher with lethal power that can penetrate armoured vehicles.
The rocket launcher of the type found on Thursday has the capacity to destroy an armoured personnel carrier or a tank at a range of up to 350 metres.
How the lethal anti-tank rocket launcher came to sit in bush near the highway approximately 100 metres from McCurdry Drive in Shawnigan Lake remained a mystery last night with cops and the armed forces trying to discover who owned it.
“Officers from Shawnigan Lake RCMP Detachment were called to the scene and secured the area. One of the officers, a Canadian Forces veteran and who served two tours in Afganistan, recognized the weapon to be an M72 self propelled rocket launcher. The rocket launcher was loaded with what appeared to be one live rocket grenade in the tube,” said Sgt. Rob Webb.
“The Canadian Forces Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit was called to the scene and took custody of the weapon.
“It is not known how this rocket launcher came to be at this location. It was located approximately seven meters off the highway in a densely treed area. It appeared as though the rocket launcher had been there for at least six months or longer.”
Anyone with information about this rocket launcher is asked to contact the Shawnigan Lake RCMP Detachment.