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Beach 'bomb' a dud

Mar 25 2012
The RCMP's explosive-disposal unit will dispose of the device found on a beach in the Uplands area Friday. 

The RCMP's explosive-disposal unit will dispose of the device found on a beach in the Uplands area Friday.

Photograph by: Supplied photo by Tyson Orser , timescolonist.com (March 2012)

A bomb look-alike found on a beach in Uplands turned out to be a dud, but it took an RCMP bomb squad from Vancouver to confirm it.

The explosive disposal unit arrived in Oak Bay about 8: 30 p.m. Friday evening but had to wait an hour and a half until the tide receded to destroy the device with a water cannon.

Three teens found the device - which had a nine-volt battery hooked up to a cellphone and wires wrapped in packing tape - on Friday afternoon. Oak Bay police cordoned off the beach at Exeter Road and Beach Drive as a precaution.

Acting Sgt. Davinder Dalep said the fake bomb will undergo a forensic examination.

Anyone found responsible could be charged with mischief.

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