7:30 p.m. Update:
RCMP in Kamloops are reminding the public to leave questionable or suspicious items where they are found and not to touch them after a couple brought a package to the detachment.
The couple found the package in a rental property, the origin of the device or how long it had been at the property is not known.
According to Staff Sgt. Grant Learned once the item was removed from the couple's car, for closer examination, it was determined to be a type of incendiary and the area around the front steps of the Battle Street detachment were cordoned off.
"Pictures of the item were taken, police covered the item with ballistic material and kept it isolated adjacent to the couple’s car. The photos were transmitted to the RCMP Explosive Demolition Unit (EDU) in Vancouver," he says.
Bomb Technicians confirmed the photos were of an apparent incendiary device and directed that a safe zone of 30 feet be establish around the item. No evacuation was required. Kamloops Fire and Rescue attended and staged by the Detachment.
Two Technicians from the Explosive Demolition Unit in Vancouver arrived in Kamloops around 3 p.m. and deployed what is referred to as a 'water cannon', Learned explains.
"This equipment propels a very high pressure burst of water at an object causing it to split apart. This was done at approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon and the object was rendered safe."
Technicians confirmed the object contained a form of liquid accelerant.
4 p.m. Update: The device has been rendered safe by a member of the RCMP bomb squad.
Update -- 1:30 p.m.
Contrary to previous reports, the Kamloops RCMP detachment has not been evacuated, nor have any buildings in the area.
Sgt. Grant Learned has confirmed the package was found in a home and brought to the detachment by two women.
The RCMP bomb technicians are expected to be in Kamloops by 3 p.m.
A daycare located across the street from the detachment has not been evacuated, but parents have been asked to pick their children up from a side entrance.
Original story -- 12:50 p.m.
The Kamloops RCMP detachment has been evacuated because of a suspicious package.
According to reports, the area around Battle Street and St. Paul has been cordoned off and traffic is being rerouted.
An RCMP demolition team is also on route at this time.
RCMP say two woman found a suspicious package in the basement of a nearby rental home and brought it to the detachment.
We’ll provide more details once they become available.
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