Suspected pipe bomb at Kamloops Airport turns out to be artwork

KAMLOOPS - A suspicious pipe-style package in the arrival area of the Kamloops Airport this afternoon halted operations and led to one cancelled flight.

Local RCMP along with several emergency personnel attended the airport around 5 p.m. today, March 26, to follow an airport employee's report of a suspicious package in the arrival area. 

Cpl. Cheryl Bush, a spokesperson for the Kamloops RCMP, said the item was located in the baggage claim area. It had no identifying marks and no person was seen handling it. Airport security moved passengers away from the area until police arrived to secure the scene.

During the investigation, airport staff grounded one flight scheduled to depart around 6 p.m.

"There was (one) Air Canada Express departure cancelled and passengers from that flight are being rebooked now," Airport Manager Fred Legace said in a statement.

Officers worked in conjunction with personnel from the B.C. Ambulance Service and Kamloops Fire Rescue to manage the scene. The canine bomb unit was dispatched to the airport, but a senior officer determined the item was not an explosive before the team arrived on scene, Bush said.

The item, which was not under pressure or had any suspicious attachments, turned out to be rolled up art work.

Airport operations resumed around 6:30 p.m.

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