Dartmouth building evacuated over suspicious package

A cellphone taped to a box with wires in a Dartmouth, N.S., building sparked alarm Tuesday evening.

Cellphone taped to box with wires sparks concern

Residents sheltered on Metro Transit buses during the scare. They were allowed back in just before 10 p.m. (CBC)

A cellphone and box with protruding wires taped to a railing in a Dartmouth, N.S., building sparked alarm Tuesday evening. 

Someone reported the package to police. Bomb techs and a bomb robot went to the apartment building on Parker Street near Dartmouth Cove. 

The building was evacuated. Police sent the robot in armed with a water disruptor. It shot the device at the package. Water disruptors are used to detonate or destroy bombs. 

Dozens of residents sheltered in Metro Transit buses while a police dog searched the building's public areas. Police then gave the all-clear and residents were allowed back inside just before 10 p.m. 

Police have not yet stated what they think the package was.