RCMP investigate after report of explosive device downtown

A report of an explosive device at the Kamloops Public Library and Thompson-Nicola Regional District building downtown has led Kamloops Mounties to close surrounding roads this morning.

Victoria Street from the 400 block to 600 block and Fifth Avenue from Seymour Street to Lansdowne Street are currently closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic as police deal with the situation.

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Accoridng to police the report is unconfirmed at this time.

TNRD chief administrative officer Sukh Gill told KTW he and about 40 to 50 people working in the building between the TNRD, library and art gallery were evacuated at about 9 a.m.

"We were just notified that there may be a bomb threat and asked to evacuate the building by the RCMP," Gill said.

A bus shuttled the employees to a TNRD public works facility on Mission Flats Road where they are awaiting word on when they can return.

"Everybody's quite understanding and obviously we want to have a safe work environment," said Gill.

The RCMP is asking the public to avoid this area until further notice, but have not released any further details on what they are dealing with or whether the Lower Mainland bomb squad is en route.

More to come.

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