False Alarm At WesternMay 18, 2017 4:09pm
A device meant to monitor water pressure created quite a scare at Western University Thursday.
Three buildings, the University Community Centre (UCC), the Social Sciences building, and the Western Student Services building, were evacuated after a student found what was initially described as a “suspicious device” in a UCC men’s washroom around 1:15pm.
“An individual inside of the washroom observed what appeared to be a package with wires and numbers counting down,” said London police Constable Sandasha Bough.
The police explosive disposal unit was called to the scene and determined the device was actually a water pressure monitor.
“It is definitely a device that was supposed to be in the washroom,” said Bough. “The reason why the student was able to observe this particular device was because a tile was out of place.”
About an hour after the discovery, police determined there was no threat to public safety and gave the all clear for students, faculty, and staff to return to the buildings.
Bough said the student made the right call notifying authorities about the device, even though it turned out to be of no threat.
“If something appears to be suspicious in nature, seems out of normal, give us a call,” said Bough. “It’s always better to be safe than sorry and in this case even our own explosive disposal unit advised that if you didn’t know what this was, you would definitely think that there is a possibility it could be a bomb.”