Two brothers accused of setting off homemade bombs in Oliver to get back at their enemy are in
Police arrested the men, ages 23 and 19, Thursday on a charge of using explosives. RCMP say they're behind a bombing that damaged a vehicle in an alley between Okanagan Street and Earle Crescent in Oliver on Aug. 11.
An explosive device was placed under the vehicle. No one reported the blast to police for more than a day because neighbours thought it was a lightning strike, RCMP said.
No one was injured, but officers found metal shrapnel nearby. One fragment the size of a banana penetrated the wall of a neighbour's garage.
It had enough velocity to splinter through a two-by-four stud, police said.
Other reports suggested people heard another explosion at 2 a.m. Oct. 11. Police did not elaborate.
The investigation got a boost when a burglar broke into the home of the man whose vehicle was targeted in the bombing. Police say one of the brothers entered the home at 2 a.m. Sept. 8 and discharged a can of bear spray at the vehicle owner.
"All three knew each other and are longtime Oliver residents. It appears the matter stemmed from a mutual, long-standing dislike for each other. Luckily, no one was seriously injured," said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
Stephan Daoust, 19, is charged with assault with a weapon, break and enter, and possession of a dangerous weapon. He and his brother Eric Daoust are charged with placing an explosive to damage property.
Both men were held over the weekend. They appear in a Penticton courtroom on Monday.