Gunshot complaints prompts police response in Vernon

It was fireworks, not gunshots

Reports of possible gunshots heard in Vernon on Saturday turned out to just be fireworks. 

Officers were called to the 6900 block of Tronson Road just after 5:00 p.m. where witnesses called about what sounded like multiple gunshots. 

Traffic was temporarily stopped on Tronson Road as a multi-unit police response worked to contain the area and determine the threat.

"During a high-risk incident, the public will often see our officers donning extra protective gear, such as hard body armour, and arming themselves with carbine rifles," says RCMP Const. Kelly Brett. 

"This is done for the protection of the officers and public until the threat can be identified and de-escalated."

There was no public alert issued as the officers located and identified a group of males who were setting off fireworks, but also had an airsoft rifle in their possession.

"The males, although apologetic for their actions, were issued a stern warning on the implications of possessing an airsoft rifle and setting off fireworks within an urban area," adds Brett. 

RCMP want to remind the public that airsoft weapons can look very real and pose a great risk to those who have them in their possession when not in a controlled environment. 

Police treat every weapon complaint as high risk until determined otherwise.

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