UPDATE: FSJ RCMP respond to reports of a bomb in vehicle on 86th Street

UPDATE: The story has been changed to include further comments from the Fort St. John RCMP after publishing a …

UPDATE: The story has been changed to include further comments from the Fort St. John RCMP after publishing a release on the matter.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The Fort St. John RCMP responded to an unconfirmed report of an explosive device in a vehicle in the vicinity of Robert Ogilvie Elementary and North Peace Secondary School Friday morning.

Just after 5:00 a.m., frontline officers from Fort St. John were called to a work site approximately 100 kilometres from the city for a report that an employee was acting erratically, causing a disturbance and damaging property. Before officers’ arrival, the employee allegedly stole a work truck and headed toward Fort St. John.

Police say a suspicious man entered a school and alleged an explosive device was near the school.

Police then cordoned off the area and locked it down while they searched for the vehicle and the employee. Schools in the area responded by going under a hold and secure order while police worked to find the vehicle. A note had been left indicating there may be an explosive device inside the truck.

Out of an abundance of caution, the school and schools in the vicinity were locked down as officers investigated the possible threat, states Inspector Anthony Hanson, Officer in Charge of the Fort St. John RCMP. Once it was determined there was no explosive device, the lockdowns were rescinded.”

We understand lockdowns can be very concerning to parents but want to assure you that your children’s safety is of utmost importance to us, and given the circumstances, this was the safest and best option, Hanson adds.

Officers have since located and apprehended the man. He has been taken to a local area hospital for assessment.

 

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