Manitoba

Bomb squad checks device

A Winnipeg police station had to be closed for almost two hours after someone brought in a device that officers determined was dangerous.

A Winnipeg police station had to be closed for almost two hours after someone brought in a device that officers determined was dangerous.

Police aren't releasing exactly what was brought in, but Const. Chris Wingfield said their bomb unit dealt with the situation.

Wingfield said a member of the public brought the item in for destruction Saturday afternoon to the station on Lyle Street, believing he was doing police a favour.   

The officers on duty deemed it was dangerous and closed the station, but police have since announced that the device has been deactivated.

Last month, a farmer walked into an RCMP detachment in Portage la Prairie, Man. with a hand grenade he found while tilling his garden.   

Idzerd Boersma said he thought it was a dud, but Mounties immediately called the military and evacuated the detachment.

There were no injuries or damages as a result of that incident. The detachment was evacuated for about an hour and a half to facilitate disposal.