North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP evacuate residences, nearby school after explosives located

North Cowichan\Duncan

2021-05-14 12:39 PDT

File # 2021-7194

On May 14th the North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP were made aware of some explosives that were located when a member of the public in the 3000 block of Auchinachie Road while doing some gardening. Once the suspicious item was observed, the complainant immediately left the scene and contacted the RCMP.

As a precaution it was decided that nearby residents be advised to leave their residences. Mt. Prevost Middle school, located nearby, was notified immediately and has since cancelled classes for the remainder of the day. Currently students and staff have relocated to the Somenos soccer fields.

RCMP ask that you plan your routes so as to avoid Sherman Road in the area of Auchinachie Road.

Specialized members of the Explosive Disposal Unit are enroute to examine, and make a determination on how to proceed as safe as possible said Corporal Chris Manseau, BC RCMP spokesperson We’re currently in the preliminary stages of the investigation, but these explosives appear to have been historically stored where they were found, but that is still to be determined

This investigation is expected to last several hours. The North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP thank the public for their patience during this time, especially those who are being displaced from their homes.

Released by

Cpl. Chris Manseau

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