Kelowna, BC – RCMP in Kelowna called upon the services of the Lower Mainland RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) after a discovery was made Tuesday afternoon.
On January 31, 2017 at 1:53 pm, an employee of the local ICBC driver licensing and claims centre called police after they made a discovery within a vehicle parked at their clams centre facility, located at 1720 Springfield Road. A vehicle estimator located what appeared to be an explosive item amongst the contents of a passenger vehicle, towed to their facility and associated to a stolen vehicle claim initiated out of the Lower Mainland. The vehicle had been previously recovered by RCMP in the Central Okanagan.
RCMP responded to the scene and immediately consulted with the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU), which enabled EDU to conduct a proper risk assessment. As a result of that assessment, EDU was confident there was no imminent risk to the public, unless they were in close proximity to the explosive material which was considered more stable than your typical explosive and would have required further components to discharge.
RCMP secured the scene and awaited the arrival of the RCMP EDU, at approx. 8:15 pm, from the Lower Mainland.
EDU Police Explosives Technicians (PET) isolated and secured the explosive item and conducted a search of the rest of the vehicle with negative results.
RCMP wish to commend the employees of ICBC for taking the necessary steps to ensure their safety and the safety of the general public, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
According to Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, “this incident serves as an important reminder. Due to the inherent dangers involved in handling explosives and explosive materials, it is imperative that the public do not physically handle a suspected explosive material or item, that they immediately call police and if possible create a safe area around that item.”
“RCMP cannot stress enough to the public the importance of leaving suspicious or suspected explosive items where they are found and not transporting them to any police detachment,” adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.
Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
Police File # 2017-5041