The military sent a bomb squad out to investigate a suspicious object spotted on a Saanich beach Sunday morning.
The device turned out to be a marine location marker, commonly used by ships or planes as a positional marker on the water. The devices usually sink but sometimes wash up on shore.
Police were called to Hollydene Park, off Arbutus Road, around 9:30 a.m., Feb. 20. The beach was shut down until a Department of Defence’s explosive disposal unit disposed of the marker.
Though the device was not designed to cause damage, phosphorous residue inside the canister could potentially ignite.