Orchard Park Mall in Kelowna was closed for hours Thursday night as RCMP investigated a possible bomb threat.

Shortly before 6 p.m., RCMP began evacuating the shopping centre and bomb sniffing dogs were dispatched into the mall, police say.

RCMP requested people to stay away from Orchard Park Mall and the surrounding area, and officers were posted at every entrance of the parking lot keeping people out.

More than 100 employees in the mall were forced to wait in the parking lot as police conducted the search. They were later allowed back in to retrieve their personal belongings.

No further details were available as of 10 p.m. PT Thursday night.

Orchard Park Mall

Orchard Park Mall in Kelowna, B.C.