Bomb scare at UNBC

Update -- 12:46 p.m.

The Prince George RCMP have announced that all roads have been reopened following the disposal of an improvised explosive device on University Way.

The IED, found near a garbage can and a light standard, was destroyed at 10:40 a.m.

“Our response was necessary in this situation,” says Inspector Brad Anderson, Operations Officer for the Prince George Detachment.

“Our first priority will always be the safety of our officers and the general public.”

The RCMP initially responded late Tuesday night to a call of shots fired in the area between the CN Centre and UNBC. Officers at the scene found what they believed to be some sort of bomb along University Way and the RCMP’s Explosive Device Unit was flown in from Vancouver this morning.

Police say the general public, including those at the school, were never at risk once the device was found and the area secured.

A person on a bike was seen in the area near the time of the incident, and police are looking to identify that person.

A portion of the University of Northern British Columbia’s campus was closed to traffic following a bomb scare early Wednesday morning.

Reports say the device was found on University Way, which was closed for a period of time, but has just recently reopened.

A bomb disposal team from the Lower Mainland had to be called to the scene.

Some residents had reported hearing a loud noise in the area, but it is unconfirmed whether the noise came from the device itself.

Traffic  -- including transit service -- was rerouted in the area, but things are now back to normal.


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