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Explosive device found in Downtown New West

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An explosive device found in Downtown New Westminster Thursday evening has the police asking for the public's help.

The NWPD got a call about 7:30 p.m. saying there was a "pipe bomb" in the 100 block of Agnes Street. The RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit was called in and did a controlled detonation about 10 p.m. The unit determined while unsophisticated, it was a viable explosive device.

A police investigation determined the device had been there for an extended period of time, although it is not believed to have been left to target a specific person or location.

"Obviously the discovery of this item is a serious concern for us," said Staff-Sgt. Paul Hyland. "This device could have caused severe injuries or worse had it detonated with anyone in close proximity."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Const. Tina Chan or Const. Brittany Ribeiro at 604-525-5411. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The police also reminded anyone seeing a suspicious item that might look like an explosive should call 911 and not handle or move it.

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