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'Hoax device' forced evacuation of Steinbach court office Thursday: RCMP

​​​​​​​RCMP say they found a “hoax device” inside the Steinbach Court Office after someone called in a bomb threat on Thursday. 

An anonymous caller told 911 there was a bomb in the washroom

RCMP responded to a call about a bomb threat at the Steinbach court office on Thursday. (CBC)

RCMP say they found a "hoax device" inside the Steinbach court office after someone called in a bomb threat on Thursday. 

Police responded to the call around 12:15 p.m. after an anonymous caller contacted 911 and said there was a bomb in the washroom at the court office. 

Numerous RCMP officers responded and evacuated the building and surrounding areas, with help from the Manitoba Sheriff's Office and Steinbach Fire Department.

"A suspicious device was located in the men's washroom, and the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) was deployed," RCMP said in a news release.

Police dogs were used to search for any other suspicious packages, but none were found.

The explosives unit "neutralized" the device, which upon further inspection turned out to be a hoax device, said RCMP.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Steinbach RCMP at 204-326-3926 or contact Crime Stoppers. 

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