CFB Esquimalt (esquimaltmfrc.com)

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt’s military hospital has reopened and people are returning to their duties after a bomb scare prompted an evacuation on Wednesday morning.

At around 9:30 a.m., CFB Esquimalt said a military explosive ordnance disposal team, as well as military police, were at the Colville Road hospital due to a suspicious package left outside the building.

At the time, the public was asked to avoid the area until further notice.

Just before 11 a.m., public affairs officer Lt-Cmdr. Anthony Wright said the “ongoing incident” was deemed over after the disposal team’s investigation concluded.

“They determined that the package was not explosive in nature,” Wright told Victoria Buzz, noting there’s no risk to the public. “It could be that someone forgot their bag at the bus stop.”

Police remain on scene and continue to investigate the nature of the package, Wright adds.

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