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Vancouver police say they detonated a suspicious device near a barge that has been stranded near Sunset Beach since a storm hit the region earlier this month.

VPD spokesman Sgt. Steve Addison said a passerby called police Saturday morning to report a suspicious man on the beach “with a device that appeared to be a bomb.”

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“There were a lot of people in the area, so VPD blocked part of the waterfront to keep people out of danger, and eventually the man was taken into custody when it was safe to do so,” Addison said.


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The VPD contingency team was deployed and detonated the unit. No one was injured and Addison said it was unclear whether the man would be charged on Saturday.

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The big barge drifted loose in English Bay on November 15 in the middle of the powerful storm that triggered floods and landslides around southern BC.

An initial attempt to float it again proved to be unsuccessful and it is still unclear when the barge will be moved.

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