Bomb scare 'joke' leads to store evacuation

Kamloops Daily News
January 9, 2014 01:00 AM

A police car sits outside the North Shore Safeway Thursday morning.

Police had to evacuate the North Shore Safeway Thursday morning for what turned out to be "just a joke."

As three teenaged boys left the store about 10:45 a.m., one of them told an employee that they had left a bomb inside, Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said.

RCMP officers evacuated the store and went through surveillance tape to determine whether the three had anything that might have been a bomb.

Meanwhile, officers caught up with the trio on a city bus, where they were arrested.

One of them admitted that the bomb comment was meant as a joke.

Police don't see the humour, though, and will be pushing for a charge of public mischief against the boy.

The store was re-opened at about 11:30 a.m.

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