Please don’t bring us your bombs, RCMP say, after detachment evacuated

If you find something that looks like a bomb, don’t pick it up and bring it into the police station.

That reminder comes from North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP after a man turned up about 5:35 p.m. Friday with an explosive he had found, looking for help to dispose of it.

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The detachment was evacuated and the street in front of the building was closed to pedestrians and vehicles.

The explosive disposal unit, based out of RCMP headquarters in Surrey, came to assist officers in disposing of the device.

Police said this was not a criminal act and no charges are being pursued.

“Believe it or not, this is actually not that uncommon,” said Cpl. Chris Manseau, media relations officer for the division. “In rural policing, people would bring in old shells. I had dynamite turned in once.”

Manseau said the incident is a reminder to the public not to handle possible explosives.

“This may be a great time to enforce to the public that should they feel that they are in the presence of an explosive device, that they leave the area, contact the police and let us make an assessment using our experts on the next course of action,” he said.

regan-elliott@timescolonist.com

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