All-clear given after evacuations due to bomb threat

Dalhousie Rd. is seen blocked off following the evacuation of TCC. (Jim Elliot/The Omega)

Dalhousie Rd. is seen blocked off following the evacuation of TCC. (Jim Elliot/The Omega)

Update as of 8:50 p.m.: RCMP have given the all-clear for TCC and the B.C. Centre for Open Learning. The City of Kamloops has confirmed that transit service will resume normal operations and that TCC will be open its normal hours tomorrow.

The Tournament Capital Centre and TRU’s B.C. Centre for Open Learning were evacuated at around 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 following a bomb threat received at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Entrances to TCC were closed off and a bomb-sniffing dog is en route to the scene from Kelowna.

Kamloops RCMP are searching the building and no suspicious packages have been found, according to RCMP spokesperson Cheryl Bush.

At 3:49 p.m., TRU activated its emergency alerts system and sent the following message:

“Kamloops RCMP have advised that the TCC and BCCOL building on the TRU campus are evacuated as they investigate a bomb threat. Dalhousie Road and McGill Road in the vicinity of campus are also closed at this time. All other campus buildings remain open and accessible. Updates continually posted to www.tru.ca.”

According to Bush, there was no plan to evacuate TRU. “We are asking the public is to please avoid this entire university industrial area, simply because we are getting a lot of traffic back up, so if you don’t need to be up here for any purpose, please avoid this area,” Bush said.

TRU Men’s Volleyball Coach Pat Hennelley, whose team was practicing when the threat was called in, said that the pool, gym and courts at the TCC were all full at the time. “They seemed to do a good job of getting people out in an orderly fashion without any panic, but there was probably a couple hundred [people there],” Hennelley said.