The Nanaimo RCMP detachment was evacuated Tuesday night and closed for nearly 10 hours while a suspicious package was being looked into.
Cst. Gary O’Brien says officers returned to the detachment around 10 p.m. from an investigation at an undisclosed location in the city with a package that did not seem to be a threat at first.
Upon further review of what was inside, O’Brien said authorities realized the contents of the package could be “very explosive”.
The building was evacuated around 10:30 p.m. and morning staff were told not to come in while the investigation took place.
The RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) took a morning ferry to Nanaimo from Vancouver and has removed the package.
O’Brien says the package will be blown up in a remote rural location Wednesday.
The detachment reopened around 9 a.m. Wednesday and O’Brien said a contingency plan was in place overnight to allow police services to continue uninterrupted during the evacuation.
The investigation continues.