August 27, 2013 - 3:42 PM
UPDATE: 4:21 p.m. Aug. 27, 2013
Investigators responding to a call of a bomb threat at the Ramada Hotel on Columbia Street earlier today found nothing suspicious.
Those evacuated from the hotel were allowed back into the building shortly after 3 p.m.
The RCMP seized evidence from inside the building and will continue to investigate in an effort to identify the person responsible, RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush said in a press release.
3:42 p.m. Aug. 27, 2013
KAMLOOPS - RCMP continue to investigate a bomb threat made at a motel on Columbia Street earlier today.
A bomb dog is currently on scene along with multiple RCMP units stationed around the perimeter of the Ramada Inn.
Motel staff notified police of the threat this morning around 10 a.m. and an evacuation was immediately ordered.
"The first thing is public safety," said Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush.
If the bomb dog is able to sniff out a bomb, an RCMP Explosive Device Unit is called in from the Lower Mainland.
"They are the ones trained to handle them," Bush said.
Bush said fake bomb threats are uncommon in Kamloops and can be taxing on police resources and an inconvenience for all involved.
"It's unfortunate that it does happen," she said. "We haven't even identified anything at this point."
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