Bomb scare closes highway

What was thought to be a possible bomb turned out to be just a briefcase

Police officers watch as colleagues examine suspicious package on Highway 4.

Police officers watch as colleagues examine suspicious package on Highway 4.

An abandoned briefcase led police to shut down a section of the Alberni Highway in Parksville Wednesday morning as they checked to determine whether or not it contained a bomb.

Sergeant Darrell Robertson said police received a report of an abandoned brown briefcase with wires hanging out of it at the corner of Alberni Highway and Memorial Avenue just past 8 a.m.

He said police raced to the scene and cordoned off a perimeter around the suspicious object, restricting access to the area in the interests of public safety.

As other officers watched from a safe distance, police examined the briefcase, which had an electrical cord draped over it.

As it turned out, the briefcase was just that — an empty briefcase and posed no threat.

Police retained the briefcase in an effort to determine who it belonged to.

RCMP are attempting to locate a person of interest in regard to this incident and are looking for a man described as between the age of 35 and 45 years of age with short, straight, salt and pepper colored hair, wearing a dark leather coat and dark jeans. A person matching this description was observed in that area carrying the briefcase shortly before the police were called.

 

 

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