January 25, 2015 12:41 pm
Updated: January 25, 2015 12:51 pm

Residents return to Halifax-area homes after hazardous chemicals cleared from cottage

Cottage on Grand Desert that police say had been filled with hazardous chemicals "from floor to ceiling." (Jan. 25, 2015)

Marieke Walsh / Global News

HALIFAX – Residents living on Dyke Road were able to return to their Grand Desert homes Saturday evening, after being forced to stay away for four days.

RCMP issued the evacuation order after investigators discovered hazardous chemicals in a cottage and nearby shed. The dangerous stockpile is suspected to be linked to the Christopher Phillips investigation.

Saturday evening around 5:45 p.m. the evacuation order was lifted and police vehicles cleared the scene.

Sunday morning, residents and those affected by the closure of Dyke Road told Global News that life in their quiet coastal community was returning to normal.

Last week, investigators evacuated parts of Cole Harbour, NS as well as a hotel in Ottawa, ON.

Christopher Phillips was arrested in Ottawa and flown back to Nova Scotia where he now faces numerous charges relating to the possession of dangerous chemicals, and alleged threats made against police.

— With files from Mayya Assouad & Marieke Walsh. 

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