Suspicious package seized at Yellowknife courthouse

Suspicious package seized at Yellowknife courthouse
Emergency responders seize a suspicious package at Yellowknife’s courthouse Thursday.Photo: Meagan Wohlberg.

Yellowknife’s courthouse was on lockdown Thursday afternoon as RCMP and emergency responders had to evacuate and cordon off the building to investigate a suspicious package.

The fire department’s full hazmat team was deployed at the location, along with EMS staff, police and other emergency responders between approximately 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. after RCMP received a report of a suspicious package received at an office within the building.

According to RCMP, it raised alarms due to similar events recently taking place in other courthouses across the country.

“In light of recent occurrences of suspicious packages being found at six courthouses in Manitoba last week, employees in Yellowknife were asked to be aware, and to report any unusual packages to authorities,” said the RCMP’s media liaison Cst. Elenore Sturko. “At this time it is unknown if this package is in any way related to other investigations across the country.”

No injuries were reported in connection with the incident. The employees who received the package did not open it, but those in direct or indirect contact were isolated and screened as a precaution, with Stanton Territorial Hospital put on alert.

An area around the building was taped off by police as crews prepared for a possible emergency. As of Friday afternoon, RCMP were confident the building and surrounding area were safe.

No details have been released about the contents of the suspicious package, which was seized at the court building and has been sent for lab analysis. The event remains under investigation.

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