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Fireworks prompt large police response in Port Coquitlam amid reports of a shooting

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WATCH: Police were asking residents to stay away from an area in Port Coquitlam after they received reports of shots fired early Wednesday morning. Paul Haysom has the latest – Jun 6, 2018

Coquitlam RCMP say an ongoing police incident in Port Coquitlam is now over and the area has been deemed safe.

Police were asking residents to stay away from the area bordered by Victoria Drive to the north, Coast Meridian Road to the west and Cedar Drive to the east after they received reports of shots fired early Wednesday morning.

It turns out it was someone setting off fireworks.

“At about 4:30 in the morning we got multiple calls from people in Port Coquitlam who were concerned about what they thought they heard were a bunch of shots from a long gun,” Cpl. Mike McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. “Naturally, this is a priority call for us.  Ever since, the police were in the area, in force, making sure the area was safe.”

Eventually, all that looking paid off.

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“After several hours of investigating, we came across what turned out to be a case of firecrackers.  They’re the sort of firecrackers that would sound exactly like a long gun.  Unfortunately, this is one of those cases where somebody wasn’t thinking when they set these off early in the morning.”

READ MORE: Man in hospital after what Coquitlam RCMP believe was a targeted shooting

Minnekhada Middle School and Leigh Elementary Schools were placed under ‘hold and secure’ but are now open.

B.C. Christian Academy was also under lockdown but that has been lifted.

This is a developing story and we will have more details when they are confirmed.

 

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