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Possible explosive device disrupts neighbourhood

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday April 26 , the Prince George RCMP received a report of a possible improvised explosive device found near CN Centre.

A man was on the trail near CN Centre and came across what he believed to be a pipe-bomb style improvised explosive device.  The man picked up the device and brought it to a residence on Webber Crescent before calling police.

RCMP 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 therefore 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.

At approximately 10 a.m. Saturday, members of the BC RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Unit attended the residence and determined that 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.