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Update: No explosive found after Beaver Creek border crossing closed

The border crossing has reopened.
A patch is seen on the shoulder of a Canada Border Services Agency officer’s uniform in Tsawwassen, B.C., Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The RCMP closed the Alaska Highway at the Beaver Creek border crossing following the discovery of a suspected explosive device, but reopened it later that day when no explosive was found.

A statement released by police on the afternoon of March 5 stated that the situation was under control and well contained. It was responded to by multiple units of the Yukon RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency.

A later statement that evening clarified that at approximately 7:30 a.m. on March 5 the Beaver Creek RCMP were notified about a possible explosive that had been left at the Beaver Creek point of entry building by a person who had attempted to enter Canada from Alaska before being denied and returning to the United States.

Traffic on the highway in both directions was halted and American border authorities also closed their side of the international crossing.

RCMP explosive disposal unit personnel determined that the suspicious item left behind at the border was not an explosive and the border crossing reopened

(Jim Elliot)

Jim Elliot

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I’m a B.C. transplant here in Whitehorse at The News telling stories about the Yukon's people, environment, and culture.
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