Suspicious postal package not a threat to public safety

On October 15, 2020, at 8:13am, the Fort St John RCMP were requested by the Fort St John Fire Department to attend the Canada Post office located at 10139 101st Ave, to assist with a package that was deemed suspicious.

The Canada Post staff were evacuated as a safety precaution after the package, leaking an unknown substance, was located by employees during their daily duties.  The Fort St John Fire Department removed the package from the building and secured it on site for the BC RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit to evaluate.

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RCMP remained on scene during the investigation to secure the building and to stop the public from entering prior to the substance being evaluated.

The Fort St John RCMP remained on scene until the building was cleared and the BC RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit determined that the leaking substance was an inert powder that posed no risk to Canada Post employees or the public's safety. 

"This is one of those situations where the RCMP needed to take every possible precaution in efforts to determine what the substance was and to attempt to keep employees and the public safe", said Constable Chad Neustaeter, Media Relations Officer for the Fort St John RCMP.  "In this case, we had a best case scenario, nobody was injured and everyone went home safe."

The RCMP released the scene at approximately 5:30pm that same day. 

This information was provided by Fort St John RCMP. Email your crime news tips to reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

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