Marine marker mistaken for explosive

  • Feb. 22, 2011 6:00 p.m.

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.

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