Might Bennett Wellness Centre evacuated as a result of bomb scare – Kelowna Information

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UPDATE: 2 p.m.

According to The Kelowna RCMP investigators have determined that the suspicious package is not an explosive.

Cst. Solana Paré says an RCMP police dog was also on scene assisting in the investigation.

“The investigation into the origin of the package remains ongoing. Davie Road and Saskatoon Road have now been re-opened,” said Cst. Solana Paré.

“The Kelowna RCMP would like to thank the members of the public for their assistance and understanding during the road closure,” Paré.

UPDATE 1:09 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP confirm they are now investigating a suspicious package that was left outside the May Bennett Wellness Centre in Kelowna, Monday morning.

The incident happened just after 11 a.m. and RCMP say they received the call after an employee noticed the package had been left outside earlier in the day.

“Kelowna RCMP have cordoned off the area and are waiting for the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit to attend and determine if the package poses a threat. Nearby businesses have been evacuated as a precautionary measure for safety purposes. Davie Rd. will be closed between Highway 33 and Hollydell Road, and Saskatoon Road will be closed between Davie Rd. and Dundas Road. Police request that the public avoid the area while they continue their investigation,” says RCMP spokesperson Cst. Solana Paré.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP.

UPDATE 1:00 p.m.

Interior Health has confirmed that the RCMP are responding to an incident at the May Bennett Wellness Centre on Davie Rd. in Kelowna.

IH spokesperson, Karl Hardt tells Castanet, “Interior Health can confirm RCMP are responding to an incident at May Bennett. The safety of staff and clients is Interior Health’s top priority in this situation. We would defer any further comment to the RCMP.”

ORIGINAL 12:52 p.m.

The May Bennett Wellness Centre in Kelowna has been evacuated after reports of a bomb scare.

Castanet has learned that the threat was reported just before 12:30 p.m. Monday and the building, located at 135 Davie Rd., has now been evacuated and RCMP is on the scene to determine if the threat is credible.

The May Bennett Wellness Centre offers a variety of services ranging from adult day services, caregiver support, case management, community nursing services and more.

The facility is run by Interior Health, Castanet has reached out to IH and RCMP for more information on this developing story.

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