Bomb threat defused

UPDATE: 10:25 p.m.

Residents evacuated for much of the day over a bomb scare can finally go home.

The RCMP called in the bomb squad from Vancouver after a suspicious backpack was found in an alley just south of downtown Kelowna Sunday afternoon.

The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) has now deemed the area safe and residents can return home.

"The RCMP wish to thank the area residents directly affected by this incident, as well as the general public, for their patience while investigators safely handled the scene," said Kelowna RCMP Const. Jesse O'Donaghey.

Police are continuing their investigation into where the backpack came from.

UPDATE: 9:10 p.m.

Police remain on scene in a residential Kelowna neighbourhood where a suspicious package was found.

Kelowna RCMP Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says the Explosive Disposal and Chemical Response Unit "has arrived and are in the process of dealing with the item."

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m.

Const. Jesse O'Donaghey said the RCMP bomb squad from the Lower Mainland is expected to be in Kelowna between 5-6 p.m. to deal with a suspicious package.

RCMP have cordoned off an area behind the 400 block of Wardlaw Avenue while they investigate the discovery of a suspicious package.

O'Donaghey said on April 17 at 12:06 p.m., the Kelowna RCMP responded to a complaint of an abandoned backpack in the alleyway of the 400 block of Wardlaw Avenue.

“As a precaution, given some of the contents observed inside the bag, RCMP have called out our Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) from the Lower Mainland. Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, six residences have also been evacuated at this time,” said O'Donaghey.

“RCMP are asking the public to avoid the area of Wardlaw Avenue, Abbott Street and Bath Street. The scene will remain secured by police until the package can be appropriately recovered and disposed of.”


The bomb squad has been called in from Vancouver after a suspicious package was found in Kelowna.

Police have closed off the lane way from Bath to Abbott streets after finding a backpack containing concerning items.

Cpl. Jim Dehoog said the “items inside are concerning to the point we have called out our bomb-disposal unit. They will determine what to do with the package.”

The Lower Mainland bomb squad is expected to arrive in Kelowna later today.

Dehoog said items in the back pack are suspicious or “are meant to look suspicious. People within a 50-metre radius have been asked to evacuate the area.”

Dehoog said the package has been in the alleyway since 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

– with files from Carmen Weld and Darren Handschuh

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