A fake grenade caused an explosive situation at the Port Alberni RCMP detachment on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident happened at 1:30 p.m. when a lady drove to the police station on Eighth Avenue and Morton Street with what she thought was a live grenade in her car, RCMP Watch Commander Cpl. Brady Mathison said.
Police checked the car then called the RCMP bomb squad from Vancouver to handle the matter. The detachment was cordoned off for several hours. The squad removed the suspicious item from the car and quickly determined that it wasn’t a grenade.
“They confirmed it was a fake grenade. The afternoon shift said it looked real though,” Mathison said.
According to Mathison the woman has a relative who was something of a hoarder and the fake grenade was among his possessions.
“Some people felt that it should be brought in,” Mathison said.
No charges are pending, he added.