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Bomb threat along Highway 97 in Kelowna, B.C. now over

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A long stretch of Highway 97 has been ordered shut after a resident noticed a suspicious package just before noon on Monday. The potentially explosive item - described by police as a potential "pipe-bomb" - was found near the Wendy's on Highway 97, triggering a highway closure in both directions at Cooper Road and Hardy Road. – Feb 27, 2023

Kelowna RCMP has confirmed the item near the Wendy’s on Highway 97 in Kelowna, B.C. was a bomb and has now been safely detonated.

Police told Global News that the bomb squad was called in from Vancouver and safely handled the bomb.

A portion of Highway 97 between Cooper Road and Spall Road was closed due to the discovery around 12 p.m. The section is now reopened to motorists.

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Mounties say the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it becomes available.

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The bomb was first discovered when a resident spotted a suspicious item in the restaurant’s parking lot.

More to come.

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