The RCMP is investigating the discovery of a potentially explosive device that was left in the driveway of a residence in Bois Blanc, in northeast New Brunswick.

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The investigation so far has shown that someone drilled a hole into the center of a firewood log and inserted a can containing highly flammable material, according to Sgt. Marc Beaupré of Grand Tracadie-Sheila RCMP.

The resident found the piece of wood in the driveway and planned to use it as firewood. When he attempted to split the log, he discovered the aluminum can inside. The resident reported the discovery to police on Saturday.

"We take the discovery of a device like this very seriously," said Sgt. Beaupré. "If the device had been exposed to heat and exploded, people could have been seriously injured or killed."

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the RCMP's Explosive Disposal Unit.

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If you have any information about this device, please call the RCMP at 506-393-3000.  You can also provide the information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at www.crimenb.ca or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). If your information leads to an arrest, you could qualify for a cash award of up to $2,000.