A suspicious package brought to Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment has been safely destroyed by the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit just after 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. There were no injuries nor property damage as a result of the destruction.
Police say that a concerned rural resident located a device on her property which she believed to be suspicious. She brought the device to the detachment shortly after 10:30 a.m. today, leaving it in her vehicle while she spoke with RCMP. It was determined by investigators that the expertise of the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit be utilized to ensure safety and mitigate risk. Police are unable to speculate on the potential of the device, but local radio station Free FM is reporting it may have been a pipe bomb.
Street closures on 99th Street in front of the detachment were in place from approximately 11:00 a.m. until 6:20 p.m., with minimal traffic disruption. Police response was not interrupted by the investigation; officers continued to respond to emergent and routine requests for service. The front counter which offers a variety of services to walk in clients, was closed for the majority of the day and will resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday.
The investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing.