The Salmon Arm RCMP made the decision to evacuate the Chances Casino in the interest of public safety after a suspicious item was discovered on Dec. 14.

RCMP bomb squad called after suspicious item found in Salmon Arm casino

Chances Casino evacuated on evening of Dec. 14 after item discovered by staff

The discovery of a suspicious item prompted the evacuation Salmon Arm’s Chances Casino and the dispatch of the BC RCMP’s bomb squad.

Salmon Arm RCMP officers and the Salmon Arm Fire Department were called to the casino at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, after Chances staff found a suspicious box. Police say first responders examined the box and then ordered a full evacuation of the building to ensure public safety.

Read More: Drivers in Shuswap urged to take care as flurries forecast to continue overnight

Read More: Two youths arrested by Sicamous RCMP after woman allegedly shot with pellet gun

The BC RCMP’s Explosives Disposal Unit travelled from the Lower Mainland to the casino on Sunday, Dec. 15.

“With the use of a remotely operated device, specially trained explosives technicians were able to remove the device and render it safe on site,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West of the Salmon Arm RCMP.

“Investigators have now determined that the device did not pose a real threat to public safety.”

Read More: Salmon Arm women’s experience teaching soccer in Kenya subject of documentary

Read More: Salmon Arm mayor hopeful funds for major eco-tourism project not lost

The RCMP are investigating the incident in hopes of identifying the person or people responsible for leaving the box in the casino.

Anyone with information that could assist investigating officers is asked to contact the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044, or leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dining moose a welcome distraction at Salmon Arm campus

Pair feast on willows, unperturbed by onlookers at Okanagan College

Woman convicted in Salmon Arm love triangle murder granted escorted temporary absences

Monica Sikorski was 17 when she plotted shooting death of 22-year-old Tyler Myers

Shuswap’s water rescue crew preparing for frigid temperatures

New training follows Dec. 9 mission to help a man suffering health problems at remote cabin

Shuswap outdoor skating rinks open to public

Rinks in Celista and Silver Creek ready for outdoor fun

Slight drop in annual Salmon Arm bird count, seed sales spike

Shuswap Naturalist Club bird spotters excited to see several owls

Older Canadians highlighted in Kelowna film project to fight ageism

The project is part of a campaign to combat ageism

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Princeton – a Prince Town in waiting?

The Town of Princeton has been waiting 160 years for a Royal… Continue reading

Group builds shelters for Vernon’s stray cats

Twenty insulated cat shelters were constructed by volunteers and delivered around town

UBCO partners with Boeing to test new anti-ice coating technology

The coating could one day be applied to all airplanes to prevent ice buildup

Revelstoke already double last year’s snowfall

The city is just below halfway to the snowiest winter on record

True Stories: Okanagan memoir-writers, reading

Reading with local North Okanagan writers Art Dalton, Patti Shales Lefkos, Raven Dahl, Janelle Hardy

Kelowna’s last video store, Leo’s Videos, to remain open despite failed sale

Kelowna’s last video rental store will remain open and under its namesake’s ownership

Most Read