Red Deer RCMP close road to investigate suspicious package

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP closed 51 Avenue between 46 Street and 47 Street for several hours last night to investigate a suspicious package that a citizen had discovered and brought to the detachment.

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The street closure took effect at approximately 6:30 pm and was in place until shortly after midnight. The Explosives Device Unit (EDU) was brought in to examine the package, and non-essential staff were evacuated from the downtown RCMP detachment as a safety precaution. City of Red Deer Fire staff also attended the scene to provide support and supplemental lighting while EDU examined the package, and RCMP members canvassed neighbouring businesses that were open at the time to advise them of this unfolding event.

EDU neutralized the device shortly after 10 pm. At this time, it has not been determined whether or not the device was explosive, and RCMP continue to investigate. No one was injured during this incident.

RCMP urge the public to contact police immediately if they discover a suspicious package, and not to touch it.

BACKGROUND:

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer City RCMP have closed 51st Avenue (Gaetz Avenue) between 47th Street and 46th Street for investigational purposes. It is expected that this closure will be in effect for the next several hours. RCMP are requesting the public take an alternate route to their destination. A further medial release will be issued once this closure is not in effect. RCMP would further like to thank the public for their patience.

RCMP File #20161511624

Red Deer RCMP


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