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Mortar round brought to Chase RCMP detachment

BC RCMP have had two suspected bombs dropped off to seperate detachments in ten days.
June 17, 2019 - 1:27 PM

CHASE - A woman brought a mortar round into the Chase RCMP detachment last month, unaware that bringing explosives to such places is frowned upon.

Cpl. Scott Linklater with Chase RCMP says the woman found the ammunition on her property.

Canadian Forces personnel went to the detachment on May 30 to properly dispose of the ammunition, according to Linklater.

“The military treated it as if it was active and disposed of it as if it was an active round. They used explosives to dispose of it, so it's hard to tell if it was active or not,” he says.

This is the second incident recently where someone has brought suspected explosives into an RCMP detachment in the B.C. Interior. The other incident happened in Barriere on June 7 and the detachment had to be evacuated. It turned out the person had brought in a bag of flares, not explosives.

“Sometimes if explosives are sitting for a long time, they become unpredictable. So we’d rather them leave it where it is, call us, and we’ll determine the safest way to dispose of them,” Linklater says.

RCMP urge that anyone who has found explosives or wants to turn them over contact the detachment. They say police will ensure the dangerous items are safely transported and taken care of. Bringing explosives into the detachment could pose a serious threat to the police and the public.

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