Bomb scare in Qualicum Beach

Oceanside RCMP bring in remote-control robot from Vancouver

The RCMP bomb squad — complete with remote-control robot — was called in to Qualicum Beach this month after a suspicious package was found taped to a vehicle.

RCMP Corporal Jesse Foreman said police were called to a home in the 500 block of Nootka Road just after 6 p.m. on April 10 after receiving reports of a vandalized truck with what appeared to be a bomb taped to its side.

Foreman said it wasn’t really a bomb, but it was certainly supposed to look like one.

“It looks like there was a little damage to someone’s vehicle and this explosive-looking device was stuck to the side in plain view,” Foreman said. “As a precaution we had the explosive unit come over.”

The device, he said, involved a firecracker, with its fuse prominently displayed.

“If a person were to light  it there’s a possibility it could have smashed the window,” he said. “It looked kind of like someone was attempting to make a statement to the individual.”

Foreman said the device essentially looked like a wrapper with a fuse coming out of it.

“You just don’t know what’s going to be under that wrapper,” he said. “It could have been C-4.”

Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.