Residents are back in their Prince George homes after being evacuated Saturday night while RCMP assessed an item that was believed to be a possible improvised explosive device.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday April 27, the Prince George RCMP received a report that a possible improvised explosive device had been found on a trail in Prince George.
A man was on the trail near the CN Centre and came across what he believed to be a pipe bomb-style improvised explosive device, according to a news release from the Prince George RCMP. The man picked up the device and brought it to a residence on Webber Crescent before calling police.
Frontline officers attended the area and evacuated the residence and neighbouring properties. The device was assessed, and the BC RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Unit was contacted and requested to attend. It was determined that neighbouring residents were not at risk, and they were allowed to return to their homes. This was not the case for the residents of the home where the device was located. They were transported to an alternate location for the night, according to police.
At approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday April 28, members of the BC RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Unit attended the residence and determined the device was not explosive in nature. The device was destroyed, and the occupants of the residence were allowed to return.
The Prince George RCMP want to remind the public to never touch anything that appears to be an explosive device or a suspicious package. Such actions could lead to serious harm. Call 9-1-1 and have police attend immediately.