Police were forced to evacuate a Kelowna hotel over night after a bomb threat

The Kelowna RCMP evacuated approximately 30 rooms of the hotel.

  • Feb. 9, 2016 1:00 p.m.

A bomb threat sent guests at a Kelowna hotel into the night early Monday morning.

On Feb. 8.at 1:12 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a bomb threat which named the Accent Inn located in 1100 block of Harvey Avenue.

“Police have determined that an employee from the hotel took a call from an unknown person who stated that there was a bomb in the building. The employee then called police immediately. Police treated the non-specific threat as serious and responded to the hotel immediately,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey.

With the support of the Kelowna Fire Department and BC Ambulance Services, the Kelowna RCMP evacuated approximately 30 rooms of the hotel. The Accent Inn guests were sent across Harvey Avenue to the Capri Hotel which was offered as a staging area.

Two Police Service Dogs, ‘Ice’ and ‘Frag,’ both trained in the detection of explosive materials and devices performed a systematic and thorough search of the hotel.

“Nothing of interest or concern was located during the search and guests were allowed back to their rooms,” said O’Donaghey.

At this time investigators have not identified the suspect responsible for making the false call to the hotel, and continue to investigate.

If you have any information you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

 

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