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first_imgWINNIPEG – When Manitoba RCMP put out a call for unwanted firearms and ammunition, they weren’t expecting to come across a decades-old military bomb being stored in a basement.A month-long amnesty program began in June so people could safely get rid of firearms and ammunition.On Monday, officers received a surprising call about a bomb which had been stored in a basement in Portage la Prairie, Man., for more than 25 years.“It’s not something that we see every day that’s for sure,” RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel said Wednesday.Bomb experts determined it was not operational and it was taken into custody.Seel said they aren’t sure exactly how long — or why — the person kept the bomb.During the amnesty period, a person can dispose of unwanted guns and ammunition, even if they are not legally entitled to own them, without facing a weapons-related charge. There is no amnesty if the weapons have been used in a crime, Seel added.She said the old explosive was certainly an unusual call for RCMP but it shows the importance of the amnesty to get dangerous devices off the streets — and out of basements.“Gun amnesty, the whole point of it is to get rid of unwanted firearms, weapons, ammunition in a safe way that ultimately enhances public safety,” Seel said.Anyone who wants to dispose of a firearm or ammunition is asked to contact the local police detachment’s non-emergency phone line to arrange for a pickup.last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsA young Winnipeg girl in the care of Child and Family Services is clinging to life after she was attacked.The assault is being investigated by the city’s homicide unit.The girl was being lodged in a hotel, as per CFS practice that continues to be criticized.As APTN’s Dennis Ward reports, the province is promising to stop putting CFS kids in hotels by June 1.last_img

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsYou could call it a new use for an old tradition.A group of Mohawk people performed the wood’s edge ceremony for Syrian refugees in Montreal.Its purpose is to not only welcome newcomers to their territory but also cleanse them of spiritual turmoil.last_img

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