Police respond to suspicious object scare

A Chilliwack business owner found objects that looked like pipe bombs on an Alexander Street property Tuesday morning.

Chilliwack RCMP took no chances Tuesday morning as they investigated suspicious items found in a dumpster.

Around 8 a.m. a business owner in the 45,700 block of Alexander Street found three pipes with wicks taped together. A fourth pipe was seen under a nearby car and police were called.

They cordoned off a 100 meter radius around the business and officers evacuated tenants in the surrounding buildings until the RCMP’s Explosives Disposal Unit could safely remove the items.

The safety of the public is our immediate concern,” said Cpl. Paul Emond.

Police are investigating the origin of the objects.

Fortunately no one was injured,” said Cpl. Mike Rail. “Police practice caution in these situations as the threat is high until suspicious articles are removed and disposed of.”

Police remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious to phone the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).