Officers arrived on scene at a home on Old Route 5 shortly before 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police in Cape Breton are asking the public to avoid a road in Victoria County after responding to reports of a barricaded person.

Officers arrived on scene at a home on Old Route 5 shortly before 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police say they are unsure if the man is armed.

The road is closed and the RCMP has evacuated neighbouring homes as a precaution.

RCMP remains on scene in #VictoriaCounty, Old Route 5, 1000 block, continuing response. Rd. remains closed in that area. Public asked to continue to avoid.

— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) September 9, 2020