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North Vancouver road blocked, homes evacuated over ‘historical’ military explosive device

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The military bomb experts had to be called in Wednesday afternoon after a person discovered a possibly hazardous device. They thought they were buying an old military artifact but quickly discovered it may in fact be the real thing. Rumina Daya has the details. – Jun 16, 2021

Five homes were evacuated and a section of North Vancouver’s Dollarton Highway was closed into Wednesday evening as officials responded to a historical explosive device.

North Vancouver RCMP said someone bought the explosive as a novelty believing it was inert, but that they called police when they became concerned the device may still be a hazard.

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Police could not specify whether it was an old grenade or another form of ordnance, but said it was military in nature.

As a result, RCMP explosives experts were called off, and specialists from the Canadian Armed Forces were deployed to assess the item.

Motorists were of significant delays in the area, with Dollarton Highway closed between Roche Point Drive and Dollar Road, as police held the scene for military experts.

Shortly before 7 p.m., police said armed forces personnel had attended the scene and were able to safely remove the item.

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