A package from a storage locker raises alarm for Hope Mounties

Hope, Upper Fraser Valley

2020-02-04 10:30 PST

File # 2020-3796

Photo of package.  Photo of WWII artifact.

A package transported to the RCMP for disposal put police on high alert, closing the detachment for an afternoon.

The alarm was triggered in the early afternoon on January 31, 2020 when a man arrived at the Hope RCMP detachment with a package discovered in a WWII ammunition container inside of a storage locker.

The detachment was immediately evacuated and closed to the public with the area cordoned off while we determined the content of the package, says Staff Sergeant Karol Rehdner of Hope RCMP. The safety of citizens and our staff was a priority during the incident.

The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) dismantled the package later the same afternoon revealing a Second World War artifact- a battery.

Fortunately the contents were not explosive, however simply touching an explosive device may cause a detonation, explains Rehdner.

RCMP remind everyone not to touch or convey an article which appears to be out of the ordinary or out of place to your local RCMP detachment or local authority. Contact your police for an officer to attend the location.

Released by

Cpl. Mike Rail

Media Relations Officer
Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment
45877 Wellington Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 2C8
Office: 604-393-3013
Fax: 604-393-3032

Email: UFVRD_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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