TORONTO — Police in southern Ontario are scouring the province for a man who recently bought about 1,500 kilograms of fertilizer — an amount they say is enough to make a bomb.
And with the G20 and G8 summits around the corner, they’re taking no chances.
“It is a legitimate fertilizer in that quantity, it’s just that it is also an ingredient for a bomb,” said RCMP Sgt. Marc LaPorte.
“There is a concern because of the upcoming events in Huntsville and Toronto. We’re taking this potential threat seriously.”
The RCMP and Niagara Regional Police are looking for the man who bought 60 25-kilogram bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizer in Lincoln, Ont., on May 26.
Lincoln is just over an hour’s drive from Toronto, where the G20 summit is being held at the end of June.
The large fertilizer purchase was flagged because the supplier, Vineland Growers, didn’t get the man’s identification details after he gave the impression he was a regular customer.
Regulations require anyone who buys ammonium nitrate to be identified.
The police are now asking for the public’s help in finding the man after initial canvassing of the region failed to provide any concrete leads.
“Right now we’re trying to take the necessary steps to locate that individual and confirm that it was purchased for fertilizer,” said LaPorte.
The man is described approximately 40-50 years old, possibly of European descent with a short, stocky build. He walks with a slight limp and appeared to be missing fingers on his right hand.
Ammonium nitrate based explosives were used by U.S. bomber Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
McVeigh packed more than 1,000 kilograms of the substance into a truck and detonated it at a federal government building in Oklahoma city killing more than 160 people and injuring more than 400.