A group of travelers carrying an inert grenade as they tried crossing into Canada on Thursday evening, April 21, were taken into Canadian custody and later released, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.
Agency officials found the device that appeared to be a grenade in a vehicle during a routine secondary search at the border crossing between Sumas and Abbotsford, B.C., according to the agency.
Officials immediately contacted the Abbotsford Police Department, and the three travelers were taken into Canada Border Services Agency custody. The agency would not say if the travelers were U.S. citizens, citing Canada’s privacy law.
A bomb squad with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police later determined the grenade was inert. The travelers were released from custody and have returned to the U.S., according to the Canada Border Services Agency. The group was planning to travel to Alaska, the agency said.
During the incident, traffic into Canada was advised to use the crossing in Lynden, according to Jason Givens, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.