A home improvement store in Saanich has been cleared for reopening after police discovered a suspicious beeping package discarded on site was a smoke detector.
On Saturday around 5:30 p.m., Saanich Police were called to the Shelbourne Street Home Depot for a report of a package that was beeping in a garbage can outside the store, Const. Markus Anastasiades told CHEK News.
Once on scene, officers evacuated the store and created a perimeter while waiting for the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) and explosive experts to arrive, Anastasiades explains.
“Once they did, they discovered the suspicious device was actually a smoke detector that had been thrown into a garbage can that contained some piping and discarded wires,” the communications officer added.
“We cleared the scene by 8:30 p.m.”
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