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Nanaimo RCMP detachment evacuated due to suspicious package

Explosives unit in Nanaimo to retrieve and dispose of item

The Nanaimo RCMP detachment needed to be evacuated overnight to investigate a suspicious package.

According to a police press release, the item was found by investigators and brought to the detachment at about 10 p.m.

“Due to the unknown nature of the item and upon further analysis, the decision was made to evacuate the detachment,” the release notes.

The RCMP explosive disposal unit was contacted and was at the detachment this morning to remove the package, which will be disposed of. The building was closed off for more than 10 hours.

“Police services to the citizens of Nanaimo, along with non-emergency lines and 911, were not disrupted during the evacuation. The investigation is continuing,” the press release notes.