Bomb threat causes McDonald’s restaurant in Nanaimo to briefly close

Bomb threat causes McDonald's restaurant in Nanaimo to briefly close

A McDonald’s restaurant in Nanaimo was forced to briefly close Saturday night after someone wrote a message in the bathroom claiming there was a bomb inside the building.

The incident happened at the McDonald’s located between Terminal Avenue and Princess Royal Avenue at around 10 p.m.

Const. Gary O’Brien, media spokesperson for the Nanaimo RCMP, said that shortly before 10 p.m. an employee noticed a man had been in the washroom for a lengthy period of time prior to leaving the restaurant. He said when the employee went into the bathroom, they discovered a message that warned a bomb could be inside the building.

“We were called. We searched the bathroom, searched the interior building, we brought in police dogs, but we didn’t find anything,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, media spokesperson for the Nanaimo RCMP.

As a result, the restaurant was shut down for about an hour while police searched the premises. Nothing was found and the restaurant re-opened a little over an hour later.

O’Brien said the investigation remains ongoing. He said there is video footage and officers are still searching for the suspect, who left before they could arrive.

“There is no risk to the public,” added O’Brien.

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