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Evacuations after chemicals found in Halifax

HALIFAX – The RCMP in the Halifax area evacuated homes in two separate areas Tuesday after finding hazardous chemicals at both locations.

Cpl. Greg Church says police first found a suspicious package Monday at around 9:30 p.m. at a home on Lakeridge Crescent in Cole Harbour.

Church says an explosive disposal unit and hazardous materials team was called in Tuesday morning to remove it from the area and determine its contents.

He says the package contained hazardous chemicals that will undergo testing to determine what they are but he confirmed there were no explosives.

The discovery of that package prompted an evacuation of homes within 100 metres of the residence where it was found, though residents were allowed to return to their homes late Tuesday.

Later, the RCMP in Nova Scotia said on its Twitter feed that five homes on Dyke Road in Grand Desert had to be evacuated after they discovered hazardous chemicals in a cottage.

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