North Cowichan\Duncan, BC – North Cowichan Duncan RCMP is reminding the public that under no circumstances should explosives be transported to a police detachment for disposal without first contacting police.
On May 10, 2020, at around 9:30 am, a person attended the police detachment to dispose of a variety of explosive items. Though the person had good intentions in requesting a safe disposal of the items, the detachment and surrounding areas were evacuated and a section of Canada Avenue was temporarily closed to ensure public safety. The explosives disposal unit (EDU) attended quickly to dispose of the items and the area was reopened within about an hour and a half. Municipal partners were advised as the situation played out.
“It’s not a crime to own some explosive items used in activities like construction or farming,” says shift supervisor Cpl. Kiel Pharis. “If you need assistance in making sure that items like blasting caps or old fireworks are disposed of safely, please call us so that we can find the safest way to help.”
The BC RCMP’s Explosives Disposal and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Unit has a variety of duties that keep people safe across the province. Their tasks include rendering safe and disposing of possible explosive material, educating the public on explosives safety, and post-blast investigations. The North Cowichan Duncan RCMP is appreciative of their participation and response to this call for service.
If members of the public have or find any type of explosive device, it should never be moved, touched, or transported anywhere. Contact police immediately, and steps can be taken to ensure the highest level of safety in dealing with the items.
File # 2020-7261
Explosives Disposal Services (Provincial)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
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