On May 21, 2019, at approximately 9:11 AM the Medicine Hat Police Service received a call from Crescent Heights High School (CHHS) regarding a suspicious package that was located by staff near a parking lot on campus. Police responded and confirmed that the device had the appearance of an Improvised Explosive Device. CHHS enacted a “Shelter in Place” protocol to assure the safety of students and nearby residents were asked to shelter in place as well. The MHPS Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) responded to CHHS and rendered the device safe with use of the Remote Mobile Investigator.
The initial investigation has concluded that the device was not an explosive device and not capable of causing harm.
The Major Crimes Section has determined the origin of the device and will continue to investigate the intent of its placement but at this time do not believe there is any further safety concern to the community.
Insp Joe West
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service