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A suspicious package incident today that prompted a large police response in Pickering turned out to be a prank by a store employee.

On Thursday October 12, 2017 at approximately 8:35 a.m., employees at the Lowes hardware store on Brock Road and Kingston Road in Pickering contacted police after locating what looked like a suspicious package. Police arrived to find a package outside the store that resembled an explosive device and immediately set up a perimeter while they investigated. Lowes and other local businesses in the area were also evacuated.

Pickering Fire attended along with DRPS Tactical Support Unit and K-9. The package was deemed safe by attending officers and the perimeter was removed. It was later determined one of the employees was playing a prank on another and no harm was intended. Charges are not anticipated in this incident.