UPDATE: As of 6:20pm, the Grande Prairie RCMP have destroyed the suspicious package. Click Here, for more information
UPDATE: Police continue their investigation into the package. The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit from Edmonton will be in Grande Prairie to lend their expertise. Free FM, a radio station in Grande Prairie, is reporting that the package contains a pipe bomb. Police say as a precautionary measure, supervisors at neighboring buildings inclusive of the courthouse, were advised of the situation, so they could take measures to have their employees leave prior to 4:30 p.m. Of the 100 staff at Grande Prairie Detachment, various levels of administrative staff were evacuated from the building between 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. This measure is a safety precaution as well as being under taken to minimize foot and vehicular traffic in the area while the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit works. (last updated 5:20 p.m.)
The Grande Prairie RCMP has closed its detachment, after a concerned citizen brought in a suspicious package on Tuesday morning.
Officers say 99th Street North at 101 Avenue and 99th Street north of the detachment are now closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
The front counter is also closed until future notice.
As the investigation continues the public is discouraged from attending the detachment until further advised.
However, regular policing services are still available through 780-830-5700.