This morning at approximately 945 am a member of the public brought an explosive device to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Building which he had recently found on his property. The individual believed the item had been there for many years and was bringing it for safe disposal.
After initial contact with officers at the front of the building the device was left at the front of the building, the immediate area evacuated, and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Explosive Disposal Unit attended to remove the device.
A safe removal of the device occurred and the item was secured.
Examination of the device after retrieval as well as consultation with the Canadian Armed Forces revealed that the device which was a grenade was inert.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police would like to ask members of the public who happen upon, locate, or believe they are dealing with an object that may be explosive to leave it in its place, evacuate the immediate area and contact the Police to attend your location to remove the object.
It is possible that many devices, even those that appear to be stable may not be. The Police are equipped with all necessary equipment and training to safely remove and diffuse explosive devices.
The Sault Ste Marie Police Service are asking that all members of the Public refrain from attending at the Police Services Building on Second Line East until further notice.
Constable Miller from the Sault Police Service tells SaultOnline.com that the building was closed due to a person bringing in what is to believed an explosion device. The Police Explosion Unit is currently looking at the device to make it make and the building was closed as a precautionary. Sault Fire Services were also called in .
If anyone requires any services that are urged to call only. Further updates will be provided in the near future.