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Several roads in Duncan were closed overnight last week after a suspected explosive device was found during a traffic stop.

On the evening of August 28, officers with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit BC pulled over a vehicle for a driving offence.

While investigating the traffic stop, a suspicious device was located that resembled an improvised explosive device (IED).

In a media release, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said that the suspected IED was safely removed from the vehicle at the Cowichan Commons location, near Green Road in Duncan.

Police said the device was placed in a stable location to await the Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU), who are based out of the lower mainland.

Several roadways were blocked off and secured within the area until the EDU arrived the next morning to destroy the device.

The EDU attended the scene the following morning and destroyed the device without damage or injury.

“We would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation to allow for this situation to be handled safely,” reads a statement from Cst. Pam Bolton with North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.


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