White Rock’s RCMP detachment and nearby city hall was evacuated Thursday morning, after an “explosive device” was brought into the detachment.
While neither the RCMP nor city officials have issued a public statement on the evacuation, an RCMP spokesperson spoke to a local photojournalist at the scene.
“We had a gentleman bring in an explosive device into the detachment this morning,” RCMP Cst. Shaileshni Molison told videographer Gary Hanney Thursday. “As a precautionary measure, we have evacuated the detachment and have our explosives unit coming to examine the item and make sure that it’s safe to return to our building.”
Molison said “approximately 20” people were evacuated from the police detachment, and estimated about the same number were affected in city hall.
A sign reading “Do Not Enter: The building is under evacuation” was posted on the RCMP detachment door Thursday.
“The lesson would be, if you do come across something that you’re not sure about – something you might think is an explosive device, or anything of concern – please do not touch it. Contact the police and we’ll attend and make sure it’s safe for everyone,” Molison told Hanney.
No further information on the evacuation – including details regarding the device – was available Monday, as neither Molison nor White Rock city manager Dan Bottrill returned calls to Peace Arch News.