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SkyTrain lines being checked carefully after two scares

SkyTrain at Scott Road behind police tape after explosive device found.

SURREY (NEWS1130) – SkyTrain staffers are doing a sweep inspection of all stations today after a couple of close calls Friday.

A passenger noticed the contraption as he was riding the train between Scott Rd. and Gateway station.

Anne Drennan with Transit Police describes what was found.

“The device itself was three metal canisters that an explosive device was attached to. The RCMP technicians removed it from the scene,” she explains.

Luckily, the canisters were not filled with any dangerous material, but the device they were strapped to was capable of an explosion. The canisters were red, and about two feet long.

The passenger reported it at around 2 p.m., but it’s not known how long it had been there, or how it got there.

SkyTrain attendants are now on high alert

Yet another questionable package was discovered Friday night at a SkyTrain station, this time at the east entrance to the Metrotown Station.

“This device, while somewhat suspicious, is nothing like the device found earlier. But it was suspicious enough in appearance that we weren’t willing to take a risk,” says Drennan.

That package was found while transit employees conduct a thorough inspection up and down the entire line following the discovery of the explosive device.

Police were also called to Gilmore SkyTrain Station in Burnaby, but the object there turned out just to be a paint can.

Transit Police will be updating yesterday’s events later this morning.

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