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Metro Vancouver SkyTrain station reopens after bomb scare

11/06/2012 10:20 EST | Updated 01/06/2013 05:12 EST
Another suspicious package triggered the closure of the New Westminster SkyTrain Station, east of Vancouver, for about two hours on Monday night.

Officials cleared out the station, and called in the RCMP around 9:30 p.m. PT, after a passenger found a 35-centimetre pipe wrapped with black tape on the mezzanine level.

The bomb squad examined the pipe and noticed a white substance inside, and had a robot remove it to another location.

Trains continued running through the station during the incident, but did not stop. The station was reopened to the public at around 11:30 p.m. after police confirmed that the object wasn't explosive.

On Tuesday morning, Transit Police confirmed the object was a metal pipe wrapped with electrical tape with a wooden dowel inside.

The incident was the latest in a series of bomb scares to shut down transit stations in Metro Vancouver after a passenger spotted a crudely made explosive device on the SkyTrain tracks near the Scott Road Station in Surrey on Friday afternoon.

A bomb squad was also called out to a home in Delta, B.C., on Monday afternoon after a suspicious package was found. Police eventually detonated that package, and said they are certain the item was explosive, but they were still trying to determine who left it and why.

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