RCMP HQ evacuated

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.

Two suspicious packages found on a lawn adjacent to the RCMP detachment in Nanaimo, British Columbia, have caused the partial closure of the police station.

RCMP say the two cardboard packages were found at about 10:30 a.m.

The Mounties say out of an abundance of caution they have evacuated a section of the detachment and closed the building to the public.

An RCMP explosives dog carried out a preliminary assessment of the packages and a disposal unit was being consulted.

Police say the 911 and non-emergency phone lines have not been affected.

– The Canadian Press

ORIGINAL: 11:25 a.m.

The arrival of two suspicious packages has prompted partial evacuation of Nanaimo's RCMP detachment.

Half the building has been cleared, CTV News reports.

The packages were received Tuesday morning, Const. Gary O'Brien confirmed.

Police tape surrounds the station, and Fitzwilliam Street is closed to traffic in the area.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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