Bomb scare causes border delays

Published on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 by Jack Kintner

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An unidentified briefcase found in the NEXUS enrollment center led Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to close the American side of the Pacific Highway border crossing Wednesday around 4 p.m.

“It turned out that the owner just forgot it,” said CBP chief Tom Schreiber. “The concern is that we have innocent travelers in there and when we find an unaccounted piece of luggage we feel it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

When the briefcase was noticed officials called in a bomb dog and then X-rayed it. Once it was found to not be dangerous it was returned to its owner.

Commercial traffic was meanwhile sent to Sumas and other US-bound travelers were re-directed to crossings at the Peace Arch and Lynden as well as Sumas.

The Peace Arch crossing was closed both directions last August by a woman who said she had a bomb in her car after she was denied entry into the US. In 2004 the Canadian side of the Peace Arch crossing was closed when border inspectors found a fake hand grenade in the glove compartment of a car belonging to a woman whose husband served in the military.