UPDATED, 11:45 A.M.
Vernon RCMP evacuated a downtown law firm Monday morning after a suspicious black suitcase and water bottle were found in front of the building.
The suitcase in front of Nixon Wenger in the 2700 block of 30th Avenue was reported by staff of Blenz, a coffee house located in the same building.
“Police came, evacuated the building and began investigating,” said Nixon Wenger partner Doug Lemiski shortly before noon Monday.
A police service dog trained in explosives from Kelowna was brought in, and RCMP said shortly before 10:30 a.m. that no explosives were found.
“It turned out the suitcase was from a man our officers had dealt with earlier trying to get on a wrong bus,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The man seemed a bit disoriented.”
A spokesperson for Nixon Wenger confirmed the firm had recently received some suspicious notes taped to its door which led the RCMP to evacuate the building.
UPDATED, 11 A.M…. The evacuation notice and employees were allowed to return to the building at around 10:30 a.m. No explosive device was found by a police service dog trained for such matters. More details to come…
RCMP have evacuated the Nixon Wenger building in downtown Vernon and closed down 30th Avenue.
Close to a dozen officers are on scene in the area and workers in the Nixon Wenger building, and possibly some other nearby offices have been ordered out.
The street is closed off between 28th and 32nd streets, as well as a couple side streets in the area.
See more details following a 10 a.m. RCMP media briefing at www.vernonmorningstar.com