All clear at Metrotown (update 6:40 p.m.)


“Burnaby RCMP members and the Emergency Response Team are clearing the area of Metrotown. The threat that caused the evacuation today is believed to be unfounded. The mall will remain closed to the public tonight.”

– Burnaby RCMP

“So far, there is no evidence of an active threat or any injuries”

EXPO Line Metrotown Station and Metrotown bus loop are closed due to a police incident, says TransLink in a tweet.

Trains will not be stopping at Metrotown Station and bus bridges are being put in place at Joyce-Collingwood, Patterson and Royal Oak stations.

Canada Line and Millennium Line are unaffected.

Burnaby RCMP said in a tweet at 3:18 p.m. that they were on scene at Metrotown, assisting with evacuating the mall and conducting a grid search.

“There are unconfirmed reports of shots being fired. The mall is being searched. There are no known injuries. We are asking people to avoid the area,” police added.

At 3:42 p.m., Burnaby RCMP tweeted: “So far, there is no evidence of an active threat or any injuries. We are still investigating and we are still asking people to avoid the Metrotown area.”

A bit later they teeted: “Metrotown Station has been cleared, however the station remains closed. Police remain inside the mall doing a search related to unconfirmed reports of shots fired. There are no reported injuries, and there is no evidence of an active threat. We are ensuring the area is safe.”

Metro Vancouver Transit Police tweeted at 4:11 p.m.: “Our @MVTPK9  team has cleared the Metrotown SkyTrain Station of the pipe bomb threat. Trains are now running through Metrotown but not stopping as we continue to assist @BurnabyRCMP  in the area. Please continue to avoid the area.”

Burnaby RCMP surround a vehicle at at Metrotown at Kingsway corner Nelson.