Vernon North Okanagan RCMP respond to report of suspicious object

VernonRCMP media release1

A suspicious object located in a Vernon alley Sunday night has been safely removed by the BC RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit.

On Sunday, October 3rd, 2021, frontline officers from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP immediately cordoned off an area in the 3400-block of 32nd Street in Vernon after an object that closely resembled an explosive device was found in an alley near the location (see previous release).

The BC RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit, called in to assist, has since examined the device, which is not believed to be viable. The EDU team has safely removed the device from the location and disposed of it without any damage or injury. The area has since been reopened to public access.

"We would like to thank the public for the patience and cooperation in allowing this situation to be resolved safely," states Constable Chris Terleski, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

The incident remains under investigation and who may have information related to the device is asked to call the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at (250) 545-7171.


On October 3rd, 2021 just after 9 p.m., the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of suspicious item in 3400-block of 32nd Street in Vernon. A member of the public found the cyclindrical device in an alleyway and immediately reported it to police.

Frontline officers, who were not immediately able to determine the nature of the object, cordoned off the area to ensure the safety of the public, and contacted the BC RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) for assistance.

The area will remain cordoned off until officers with the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit, have safely examined, and dealt with the item if necessary, states Constable Chris Terleski, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. We are urging members of the public to avoid the area as we await the arrival of our EDU Team at the scene later this morning.

No additional information is available for release at this time.