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Someone turned a grenade over to B.C. RCMP detachment, prompting evacuation


Someone tried handing a potentially live grenade over to an RCMP detachment in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, prompting police to close the station and issue a reminder about the dangers of transporting explosives.

Authorities said the Surrey RCMP's Guildford office and surrounding areas had to be evacuated after the grenade was delivered in person at around 11:40 a.m.

"We urge the public to contact police immediately if you find a suspicious device or possible explosive," detachment spokesperson Const. Sarbjit K. Sangha said in a news release.

"Do not handle or transport it. Keep your distance and call 911."

A bystander found the grenade in a park on 102 Avenue and apparently felt they should turn it in directly, according to Mounties.

Authorities temporarily closed 104 Avenue between 146 and 149 streets for safety and called explosives experts to dispose of the grenade. At the time, Surrey RCMP said it was possible the grenade was inert, but that it had to be "treated as a live explosive device" regardless.

The situation was resolved and the roads were reopened after about six hours. Authorities did not release any further details on the functionality of the grenade. Top Stories

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