Richmond Hill residents share shock at arrests following explosion

Richmond Hill residents watched Friday morning’s press conference closely and some residents say they’re stunned but not by the arrests. They’re more surprised to hear some of the new details about the investigation into last month’s explosion.

“What you guys learned today is very upsetting,” said Doug Aldridge, Richmond Hill resident. “Sometimes money makes people do stupid stuff.”

Specifically, they’re surprised to hear that the suspects may have tried, but failed, to blow up the house the previous weekend.

“I think that part of the information came as a very big surprise,” said Aldridge.

“It sickens me, there’s no other words for it,” said Carla Wilson, resident. “Especially to think they already tried it once, that was a shock to me.”

“Just amazing that someone’s conscience would allow them to try and fail and do it again the following weekend,” said Jeff Cross, resident. “It’s just unbelievable to me.”

Other details also came as a surprise to residents, who gathered for a meeting with authorities Friday afternoon.

“The microwave going out, calling the gas company,” said Wilson. “Who does that?”