An area near 272 Street and Fraser Highway was evacuated after what looked like grenades were found in a storage unit. Sarah Grochowski/Black Press Media

VIDEO: Evacuation ordered after suspicious devices found in Langley

Explosives disposal unit called to Aldergrove business

  • May. 8, 2019 11:50 a.m.

The Explosives Disposals Unit arrived on scene Wednesday just before 2:30 p.m., where nearly 10 businesses and various tenants were formerly evacuatedalong Fraser Highway in Aldergrove between 272 and 273 Streets due to a bomb scare.

Police cordoned off the three-block area just after 10:30 a.m. following a report that two devices resembling grenades were found in a business.

www.facebook.com

“They weren’t novelties, they appeared to be deactivated military surplus items,” in other words – inactivate grenades, said Aldergrove’s community policeliaison, Cpl. Kurt Nueman.

“There appeared to be multiple grenades without detonators,” he said.

Authorities were unable to discern the motivation in regards to why the devices were there, police confirmed.

Langley RCMP said the order was issued as a precaution.

“It was better to err on the side of caution, for everybody’s sake,” said Cpl. Kurt Neuman, who was on scene during the events.

Reports from the scene said the discovery was made in the back yard of Alder Natural Foods.

Police were called at approximately 10:30 a.m. by an employee when the two devices were found in what was described as a storage cabinet.

Ben Faley, owner of the business, told locals on scene it was just “a can of gasoline” with what appeared to be a novelty grenade on top.

Del Pollo restaurant chef Cuc Lam was unable to get to work as a result as a result of the police-ordered shutdown.

“I can’t believe it’s happening,” Lam said, “in this sweet little town.”

A local who lives in an apartment behind Speedies skate shop on the south side of Fraser Highway – Colleen McCormack, was rushed out of her bath tub andapartment in the early morning by yells from police.

“My first concern was that something had happened to somebody I knew,” McCormack said, “It took a while for my heart rate to return to normal.”

The 62-year-old said the strip’s business owners and residents have helped her immensely over the last four years.

She refers to Faley, the owner of Alder Natural Foods, as her “adopted father” who orders in supplements and health items she needs.

“In spite of what you see now – it’s really a wonderful little community here.”

t.co

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Just Posted

Harrison Festival fundraiser dance to have ’70s theme and features Chilliwack band

Chilliwack band The Vacationers to perform at May 31 Harrison Festival Society’s fundraising concert

Seabird Island opens 50th annual festival

The weekend festival will see First Nations teams compete in soccer, three-pitch and canoe races

Lofty plans for Chilliwack school district revealed

Chilliwack school district draws up plan to add 2,900 student seats in five years

Agassiz study to look at drone use for pesticide application

The study will be the first in Canada to use drones to apply pesticides to farm fields

Chilliwack’s pediatric observation unit gets financial shot from trades workers

Unions and contractors donate more than $30,000 to Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

Semis catch fire at wrecker off Highway 1 in west Abbotsford

Crews called to scene at around 2 p.m., finding up to six semis that had caught fire at the wrecker

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

B.C. VIEWS: Money-laundering melodrama made for TV

Public inquiry staged to point fingers before 2021 election

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Most Read