RCMP Bomb Unit Confirms Bundle Is Non-Explosive at Victoria Basic Hospital – Goldstream Information Gazette

Kst. Lewis and police dog Halla swept the exterior of Victoria General Hospital on May 4 after a suspicious package was found just outside the hospital. (Zoe Ducklow / News Staff)

RCMP bomb squad confirms package is non-explosive at Victoria General Hospital

Island Health says hospital operations will not be affected

A package discovered Tuesday morning at Victoria General Hospital looked suspicious but was not explosive, RCMP confirmed.

The West Shore RCMP was called on the 4th. Police secured the scene and an explosives-trained police service dog was also on site. The RCMP’s explosives disposal unit came from Vancouver and gave the all-clear around 3 p.m.

A Black Press Media reporter at the scene said the explosives squad members were wearing no extra protective gear when they disassembled the device just before 1:30 p.m.

The RCMP explosive unit disassembles the device in place rather than removing it. They are not suitable for additional protective equipment. #yyj

– Zoë Ducklow (@zoeducklow) May 4, 2021

Island Health said hospital operations were not affected, an entrance was cordoned off by police and a handful of administrative staff were evacuated.

Police told people to avoid the south side of the hospital and use the north entrance (next to the emergency room) earlier in the day.

Check out the on-site Royal Fire Rescue assisting the West Shore RCMP at Victoria General Hospital, where a suspicious package is being treated. pic.twitter.com/GDrQY4Gso7

– Zoë Ducklow (@zoeducklow) May 4, 2021

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