9 a.m. April 16, 2015
Life has returned to normal at Orchard Park shopping centre, following a bomb scare that sent shoppers and mall employees out of the mall at around 2: 40 p.m. Wednesday.
The experts in defusing bombs and the likes arrived from Vancouver Tuesday night at around 7 p.m., and the report on what they’ve found has yet to be released.
All businesses and services at @ShopOrchardPark will open today at 10:00am. Thank You!
— OrchardParkShopping (@ShopOrchardPark) April 16, 2015
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4p.m. April 15, 2015
Shoppers and retail store staff were ordered by Kelowna RCMP to evacuate Orchard Park Shopping Centre this afternoon in response to a report of a suspicious package in one of the mall stores.
With a police helicopter hovering overhead, Mounties shut off access to the mall and awaited the arrival of the RCMP Explosive Dispersal Unit from Vancouver, which will assess the package.
Police are asking the public to stay away from Orchard Park until the area has cleared, saying it’s expected the mall will be closed for the remainder of today.
Amanda Brownschlaigle-Miller, who works at the Metalsmiths jewelry outlet in the mall, said she was told that a fire was reported at 1:45 p.m. in the Sears department store, as the Kelowna Fire Department responded to the scene.
At about 2:40 p.m., the shopping centre was evacuated by the order of the police, sending shoppers and store staff scurrying for the exits.
Riley Hannan, who works at EB Games in Orchard Park, said the experience felt a bit like deja vu, given that he experienced another bomb scare in November of last year at the mall that resulted in a similar evacuation.
Store keyholders are required to stay at the scene in case the shopping centre is opened again prior to closing at 9 p.m. tonight, and they are being supplied with water and city buses to escape the heat and be able to sit down until the bomb threat is dealt with.
Anyone with any information who has yet to speak with police is 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 crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
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