COQUITLAM — It’s back to normal near the Home Depot on United Boulevard after Coquitlam Mounties were called to a report of a possible bomb in the parking lot on Monday morning.
Police were called to the store just after 11 a.m. Monday, after a couple of customers told staff they noticed a package that looked like a pipe bomb in the parking lot.
The business, the parking lot and road were closed while an RCMP explosives team was called in to deal with the item.
Fortunately, it wasn’t a bomb at all.
Police said the found device was a cylindrical utility-trailer registration document container that is commonly used by commercial truck drivers.
"We take public safety very seriously. We shut down the area from foot and vehicle traffic for several hours until we are certain the area is safe once again," said RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung in a statement.
"With the assistance from explosive disposal unit, the found object was rendered safe. We are pleased to say that there was no explosive at all. We think the paper container was accidentally dropped from a vehicle."
By 4 p.m., the business was open and traffic in the area was returning to normal.