No explosives found after downtown bomb threat

The library and immediate areas were searched with the assistance of an explosion detection police dog

Kamloops RCMP have reopened portions of the downtown core after finding no trace of a reported explosive device Friday morning.

Mounties responded to a bomb threat at the Kamloops Public Library and Thompson-Nicola Regional District building at about 8:15 a.m., cordoning off Victoria Street from the 400 to 600 block and Fifth Avenue from Seymour Street to Lansdowne Street in the process.

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TNRD chief administrative officer Sukh Gill told KTW he and about 40 to 50 staff members working in the building were evacuated and shuttled via bus to a public works facility on Mission Flats Road while the RCMP conducted their search.

“The library and immediate areas were searched with the assistance of an explosion detection police dog,” RCMP Sgt. Kelly Butler said in a press release. “The search did not result in the location of any suspicious packages or detection of explosive devices.”

Nearby businesses were evacuated until the area could be safely cleared, according to the release.

Police reopened the roads and cleared the scene at about 10:30 a.m.

No charges have been laid at this point and the investigation is ongoing.

“Kamloops RCMP would like to thank the public for their co-operation during this incident,” Butler said.

Gill told KTW at about 11:30 a.m. Friday employees were arriving back at work.

He said he was first notified of the bomb threat by police.

RCMP have denied a request from KTW for further comment at this time.



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