Heavy police presence in downtown Langley had multiple roads blocked. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press)

UPDATE: Langley City reopened after suspicious package inspected, cleared

Officers put a chunk of Langley City behind police tape New Year’s Day for a potential explosive.

Downtown Langley City was behind police tape much of the afternoon on New Year’s Day, all due to a box of garbage.

A heavy police presence had a chunk of the City core, in 20400-block of Douglas Cres., blocked off for about three hours on Jan. 1.

Police received a report of a suspicious package at approximately 2:30 p.m., said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy.

Officers arrived on scene, observed the package, and called the Lower Mainland Explosives Displosal Unit (EDU) to further inspect the package.

In the meantime, Mounties had multiple squad cars on scene and blocked off a large area of downtown Langley around 204th Street and 56th Avenue, along Douglas Crescent. The Langley Mall/No Frills parking lot was taped off, and the area in front of City hall along Douglas Crescent was also behind tape.

Police also had vehicle and pedestrian access on multiple side streets in the area blocked off for several hours.

After further investigation, the package proved to simply be a box of garbage, Largy confirmed late in the afternoon.

“EDU has now inspected the package and found it to be a very neatly wrapped box of garbage. The area has been cleared and traffic has resumed it’s normal pattern,” she said.

 

Heavy police presence in downtown Langley had multiple roads blocked. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press)

RCMP examined items at a downtown Langley City bus shelter on Jan. 1. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press)

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