Regina police evacuate east end Superstore after report of explosive device

The Regina Police Service is asking all members of the public to avoid the area of the 2000 block of Prince of Wales Drive as its investigation continues. Dave Parsons / Global News

The Regina Police Service has evacuated the Real Canadian Superstore in the city’s east end after receiving a report about an explosive device in or around the building.

Police say they were called to the store, located in the 2000 block of Prince Wales Drive, at about 10:50 a.m. Friday.

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Along with those inside the store, people in the surrounding parking lot area were also told to leave.

Police say their explosive disposal unit is on scene as the investigation continues.

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People are being asked to avoid the area. A portion of Victoria Avenue has been blocked off.

One shopper, Ryan Lauf, who was in line at checkout and texting a friend, recalled looking up to see people abandoning their carts and walking out the store. Lauf said he didn’t hear an announcement telling people to leave the store.

“It was definitely weird to see,” Lauf said. “I asked someone what the heck was happening, and it was then that someone told me there was an emergency evacuation.”

After 15 minutes, Lauf said an employee came out and told shoppers it would be more than an hour before the doors would reopen and suggested people leave.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing.

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