Vancouver – Vancouver police explosives experts incapacitated a suspicious device near Science World on Sunday, delaying the start of the BMO Vancouver Marathon.
“This is extremely concerning, and it appears the device was strategically placed along the half marathon route, where runners would pass by,” Sergeant Steve Addison said. “Whoever did this was probably aiming to create panic or disrupt the event.”
A marathon volunteer spotted the device shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday and promptly called 9-1-1. Vancouver police cordoned off the area and bomb technicians from the VPD Emergency Response Team were deployed to examine and destroy the device.
The emergency response team determined that the device was not at risk of exploding and posed no immediate danger to the public, but the start of the race had to be delayed while the device was rendered inert .
Investigators from the VPD’s Major Crimes Section, Forensic Identification Unit and Operations Division are now collecting additional evidence. No arrests were made.