Reza Mohammadiasl and Mahyar Mohammadiasl were charged with possession of an explosive device in Richmond Hill

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Police stand guard at a house on Mallory Crescent in Toronto on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Police are investigating the property in relation to the murder charges laid against Bruce McArthur. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

By Jonathan Lemire And Christopher Rugaber

RICHMOND HILL, Ont. _ Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the arrests of two men in Ontario charged with possession of an explosive device is not related to national security.

The comment came moments after York Regional Police announced the arrests of the men at a home in Richmond Hill, Ont.

They said the investigation was launched last Thursday after a tip from Canadian border guards and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Police say officers searching the home found hazardous, explosive materials as well as a detonator device.

The two men _ identified as Reza Mohammadiasl, 47, and Mahyar Mohammadiasl, 18 _ were charged with possession of an explosive device.

Goodale said the arrests and the investigation is “a local matter” under the jurisdiction of the York Regional Police.