One of New Brunswick’s most famous landmarks faced a threat of damage Sunday night as West District RCMP responded just after 8 p.m. to reports of a suspicious object on the World’s Longest Covered Bridge in Hartland N.B.
West District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. James Gallant said officers, upon arrival at the scene, temporarily closed the bridge as a precaution and re-routed traffic while the RCMP explosive disposal unit attended.
“There was no risk to the public during the police operation and no one was injured,” Gallant said.
He said the explosive disposal unit removed the object.
“Police are investigating to determine exactly what it is and why it was placed on the bridge,” said Gallant.
He said the bridge remained closed for a significant period Sunday evening, allowing the explosive disposal unit to travel from Fredericton, gear up and deal with removing the object.
Gallant said a person noticed the object and called the police.
He said there’s no ongoing risk to the public.
Gallant said the investigation of the incident remains ongoing, and asks anyone with information to contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Harland Fire Chief Mike Walton said his department attended the scene and remained until RCMP said it was safe to go.
He said he believes the someone noticed suspicious activity by some people on the bridge, who ran away when spotted. Walton said the person went to check out what they were doing. Upon spotting the object, the individual called the police.
Walton said the object was placed on a bridge girder or brace.
The fire chief said he believes whoever placed the object intended to cause damage to the famous structure. .
“But, the concern was safely removed,” he said.
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun