Highway 29 Pipe Bomber given a conditional sentence

A CBC report has pushed back into the news a decade old story of a potentially deadly pipe bomb, planted in a highway restroom on Highway 29 between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope in 1999.

Packed with black powder and rocket fuel, it was triggered to explode when the washroom door was opened, but failed to detonate.

32 year old Peter Anthony Houston was eventually arrested and charged with attempted murder and, intent to cause an explosion but the case was never made public and took years to go to trial.

Four days into the trial, Houston pleaded guilty to two lesser charges of intent to cause an explosion and possession of an explosive substance.

A court transcript obtained by CBC News states the claim, that Houston was motivated by "certain political views," but doesn’t provide any details.

He wasn’t sent to jail but given a conditional sentence of two years less a day, to be served under house arrest in Prince George, where he lives with his wife and children.

He was also given three years probation, and a 10-year prohibition on ownership of firearms.

He successfully convinced a judge in April of this year, to loosen the conditions of his house arrest and he can now leave his house from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to "earn a living to support his family."