Bomb hoax clears Kelowna mall

Bomb threat note left on a car initiates evacuation of Kelowna’s Orchard Park Shopping Centre Thursday

  • Sep. 29, 2013 5:00 a.m.

What police are describing as a “very general in nature” bomb threat note left on a car is what initiated the evacuation of Kelowna’s Orchard Park Shopping Centre Thursday as a precautionary measure.

A police dog was brought in to search the mall but nothing was found.

More than 30 uniformed and plainclothes officers from the Kelowna RCMP detachment and surrounding area were tasked with evacuating and subsequently clearing the Orchard Park mall after a bomb threat note was reported to police shortly after 5:30 p.m.

“Nothing suspicious was located and the premises were deemed safe at around 1 a.m. Friday morning,” said a police news release.

“Considering the time and resources that it took to clear and search a building of this size, the investigation remains in its infancy.”

Cpl. Bil Parmer, one of the first responding police officers to the scene, said no specific store was targeted by the bomb threat.