A homemade fake explosive found by the Coquitlam RCMP on Wednesday morning. (Coquitlam RCMP handout)

‘Homemade’ device prompts hours-long road closures in Coquitlam

RCMP issue warning over realistic-looking fake weapons

Coquitlam RCMP are cautioning people against leaving realistic-looking fake weapons lying around after roads were closed for hours on Wednesday morning.

A homemade fake explosive closed down Brunette Avenue near Schoolhouse Street for about four hours starting at 7:15 a.m.

Some homes and businesses were also evacuated so that the RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Unit could investigate.

“This is a reminder for everyone who owns realistic-looking explosives or firearms props, models, or similar items. You have to be very careful about leaving them in public,” said Cpl.Michael McLaughlin in a release.

“This object was obviously homemade, but it looked similar to a real explosive and it had to be taken seriously. The result was a big inconvenience to anyone who lives or works nearby.”


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