“We did have the explosive device unit come up, because it was a suspicious item and that’s the people that we call when we look at something as this item, and it turned out to be nothing.”
The suspicious item was found at approximately 3:15 p.m. on June 27, at a well site regulated by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission near Mile 87 of the Alaska Highway.
The OGC released a statement to stakeholders Friday, stating, “There is no imminent danger to the public at this time. However, due to the serious potential, the OGC and Artek Exploration Ltd. are maintaining a Level 2 emergency status.”
RCMP will not confirm what the item was, but maintains that it was not an explosive device.
Although this incident turned out to be what Smith calls a “non-event”, she asks that anybody who finds a similarly suspicious item make sure to report it to police.
“If anybody comes across anything suspicious in nature that they feel is unnerving, be it items or luggage or a backpack or bags left precariously, or they feel that it’s something to report, then we do want to hear from them, so please contact your local RCMP so that we can look into it further.”
The OGC declined to comment, referring any questions to the RCMP.