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UPDATE: Shopping mall in Vernon back to normal

Staff of Landing Plaza wait on the grass after being told to evacuate by police.
July 12, 2016 - 5:33 PM

VERNON - Police evacuated and taped off a Vernon shopping centre for several hours Tuesday afternoon. 

Four police cars, B.C. Ambulance and Vernon Fire Rescue were on scene at the Landing Plaza on Okanagan Landing Road from about 1:30 p.m. to roughly 4:30 p.m. today, July 12.

Employees said they were evacuated by police as a precaution due to a potential bomb threat. Police have not yet provided full details of the investigation to iNFOnews.ca, but cleared the scene several hours later and allowed people back into the mall. 

All entrances to the mall parking lot were blocked by police during the incident and they ensured no one entered the property. A portion of Okanagan Landing Road was also blocked off, creating traffic delays. 

By 4:30 p.m., the evacuation order was lifted and employees returned to work. 

— This story was updated at 5:30 p.m. July 12, 2016 to say the evacuation was lifted. 

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