Homemade explosive device triggers Red Deer RCMP investigation

Red Deer RCMP are investigating after a suspected homemade explosive device was discovered Tuesday in a north side industrial park.

Explosive device was safely dismantled Tuesday

Red Deer RCMP are investigating after a suspicious package was discovered Tuesday in the city's northeast. (CBC)

A suspected homemade explosive device was discovered Tuesday in a Red Deer industrial park.

Police and emergency crews were called to the scene at 7627 49th Avenue at 4:30 p.m. after a suspicious package was found inside a business.

The area around the Key Towing compound, a towing and storage facility, was cordoned off and neighbouring businesses were evacuated as the RCMP Explosive Device Unit was called in.

By 9 p.m., the bomb unit had neutralized the explosive device "without incident," and the risk to the public was eliminated,  police said in a news release Wednesday.

Investigators think the item was likely a homemade explosive device. The incident remains under investigation, police said.