Police confirm IED

UPDATE 4:02 p.m.

North Okanagan RCMP are providing more details on the explosive scare in Armstrong.

Const. Kelly Brett says just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, an officer was approached by a concerned citizen who found what they believed to be an explosive device on the 3100 block of Smith Drive.

Police found a small device that had the appearance of a hand grenade sitting on top of a cement barrier. 

“As a precaution, the area was immediately evacuated and the streets closed for the safety of the public until we could determine what it was we were dealing with,” said Brett. “Out of an abundance of caution, the scene was secured overnight until the device could be examined by specifically trained officers from the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit.”

Just after 10 a.m., the bomb squad arrived and confirmed the device was a modified grenade, but was no risk to public safety. 

“Although the device was rendered safe, EDU collected the object and disposed of it in a safe and controlled manner, so it does not end up in the wrong hands again,” said Brett. 

Police are still investigating when and why the device was left.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.nokscrimestoppers.com.

UPDATE 3:04 p.m.

RCMP have released a video of how they disposed of the explosive device found in Armstrong Tuesday evening.

The RCMP bomb disposal unit collected the modified hand grenade Wednesday morning and detonated it under controlled conditions.

UPDATE 12:14 p.m.

The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit has confirmed the explosive device to be a improvised grenade that has been rendered safe.

Police said on a Facebook and Twitter post the intent of the IED being placed in that area and when is unknown at this time.

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m.

Smith Drive has been reopened to traffic.

UPDATE: 11:15 a.m.

A bomb squad member has retrieved the device and placed it in an explosive-proof box.

Police are now taking down the tape closing off Smith Drive, and it appears the bomb squad is getting ready to take the device to a secure location for safe disposal.

UPDATE: 10:50 a.m.

The RCMP bomb squad has arrived on scene in Armstrong, where Smith Drive is closed due to the discovery of a potential explosive device.

ORIGINAL: 9 a.m.

Smith Drive in Armstrong will be closed for several more hours while RCMP wait for the bomb squad to arrive and investigate a possible grenade.

Const. Kelly Brett said the unit from the Lower Mainland will likely not be in Armstrong until this afternoon.

The area has been cordoned off by police since Tuesday afternoon.

A possible hand grenade was found in a vacant lot across the road from One Stop Automotive, prompting an evacuation of the area.


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