Nanaimo RCMP closed off area around the police detachment due to suspicious packages. KARL YU/The News Bulletin

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Streets around the Nanaimo RCMP detachment are open to traffic after two suspicious packages were dealt with by a bomb squad this afternoon.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, told the News Bulletin that the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit came to Nanaimo from the Lower Mainland and rendered the packages safe. Select streets near the Prideaux Street detachment, which were closed as a precautionary measure, are now accessible to traffic again, but the main office will be closed as people were sent home due to the incident, he said.

According to a press release issued earlier, police found the two packages on an adjacent lawn to the detachment at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and “out of an abundance of caution” evacuated part of the building and closed it off to the general public.

Police also closed a portion of Fitzwilliam Street, between Prideaux and Milton streets, to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

An RCMP explosives dog conducted a preliminary assessment, according to police, and the explosive disposal unit was consulted.

O’Brien said police don’t know where the packages originated from.

“We’re reviewing the video footage, but nothing that we can use at this point,” he said.

Non-emergency lines were not impacted by the closure. The office will re-open tomorrow morning, O’Brien said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 250-754-2345.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nelson Leafs look to new season with training camp

The team is hosting 38 players at the Nelson and District Community Complex

Activist, author Libby Davies coming to Nelson

Davies will talk about the intersection of activism and politics in pursuit of social change

NDP bring Green New Deal to the Kootenays

MPs Wayne Stetski and Peter Julian held climate change talks in Nelson, Cranbrook and Revelstoke

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Most Read