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The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment was evacuated on Friday evening after a member of the public brought an explosive device into the building looking for a way to dispose of the object safely.

At approximately 5:35 p.m., the resident brought the device into the RCMP detachment, prompting officers to evacuate the building and close a section of Canada Avenue in front of the property to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

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An RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit based out of the BC RCMP Headquarters in Surrey were then called in to assist with the situation.

Once the explosive disposal unit arrived, the device was safely removed and disposed of without incident.

RCMP are reminding the public that the best thing to do if they think they have discovered an explosive device is to avoid touching the object and calling 911 immediately.

“This incident serves as a great reminder of the steps for those of you in the community who may come across possible explosive devices,” said the North Cowichan/Duncan RMCP in a statement.

“To avoid putting yourself or others in harms way, please do not touch, pick up or transport any suspicious item that you believe may be an explosive. The safest way to deal with this type of situation is to call the RCMP and request assistance and Frontline Officers will attend your location.”

No charges are being laid against the resident who brought in the explosive device.