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Unexploded Second World War ordnance found near Vernon

Image Credit: Vernon RCMP
May 16, 2020 - 9:17 AM

A pair of hikers walking off trail in Cosens Bay stumbled upon what is believed to be an unexploded Second World War ordnance.

"On May 15, at approximately 4:45 p.m., the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP were advised of the location of the device. At one time the Cosens Bay area had been used as a testing range for mortar rounds," according to the RCMP in a press release.

Officers examined the item and sent photos to the RCMP Explosive Disposal unit, according to the news release.

Given the paint markings on the device, it is believed to be live. said Cpl Tania Finn, media relations officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, in a press release. "We have the area cordoned off in order to ensure the safety of park users while we await the attended of the Canadian Forces Explosive Disposal Unit from Esquimalt."

At this time, the Sidewinder trail will be closed and the Cosens Bay trail has restricted access. Cosens Bay Road remains open for vehicle traffic. Two police officers are on scene to direct people away from the area and the military is expected to arrive late this afternoon, according to the release.


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