Suspicious device that prompted Western evacuation found to be water pressure monitoring device: police

A wired water pressure monitor has been identified as the suspicious device that prompted the evacuation of two buildings on Western University’s campus Thursday afternoon, police said.

University Community Centre (UCC) was evacuated around 1:45 p.m. after someone reported locating a wired device counting down numbers inside the ceiling of a men’s washroom in the building.

A building connected to UCC, the Western Student Services Building (WSSB), was also evacuated.

Around an hour later, the university issued an all-clear saying police had “deemed no threat” from the device and that all classes and events would go on as scheduled.

“[The evacuation] was as a safety precaution because public safety is paramount and they needed to ensure that everybody was safe,” said London police Const. Sandasha Bough.

“Our Explosive Disposal Unit, the members did advise that if you didn’t know what this was, you would definitely think that there was the possibility it could be a bomb,” Bough said. “It had numbers counting down, it had wires, and it was very suspicious in nature.”

An initial tweet from the university had stated UCC, WSSB, and nearby Social Sciences Centre (SSC) had been evacuated. The account later clarified that SSC had not been part of the evacuation.


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