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The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit was called to Winkler Wednesday to investigate what appeared to be a bomb inside a vehicle.

At approximately 9:52 this morning Winkler Police Service received a report of a suspicious package found at a business in the area of George Avenue and Eastview Drive.

Police attended the business and were directed to a vehicle which contained what appeared to be an explosive device. With assistance from the Winkler Fire Department and the Morden Police Service, parts of George Avenue and Eastview Drive were closed to traffic and nearby businesses were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Winkler Police Deputy Chief Chris Kalansky notes they take bomb threats seriously until proven otherwise, "so that's what we did," creating an evacuation zone following hazardous materials guidelines.

The RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit was contacted and attended the scene to assist in the investigation. It was determined that the suspicious package was not an explosive device and that there was no threat to the public.

Kalansky says emergency services often work together in the region, "we really appreciate our partners, this was a smooth operation."

George Avenue and Eastview Drive have since been reopened and the evacuated businesses have resumed operations.

No charges are anticipated at this time. Police also declined to provide a description of the package.

The Winkler Police Service also thanked the public for their cooperation during the road closures and evacuations.


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