Richmond RCMP say the decision to evacuate the McArthur Glen outlet mall near Vancouver International Airport late Sunday afternoon, was made by mall staff and not police officers.
Police say an employee received an unspecified threat at 4:30pm Sunday, and the YVR detachment of the RCMP was called to assist.
Callers to CKNW report people were running from the mall and a frantic security guard was telling them not to ask questions.
No one has been arrested, no one was hurt and the mall is open for business as usual today.
Officials have evacuated the popular McArthur Glen outlet mall near the YVR airport.
Police have yet to comment on the incident, however at least one witness at the scene described the evacuation as being prompted by a bomb threat.
Kalman Do says he was shopping at the mall around Sunday evening with his girlfriend when a security guard calmly told everyone in the store to leave.
But he says once they got out of the store, the situation deteriorated.
“As me and my girlfriend were close to the parking lot, there was this one security guard he was swinging his arms towards the parking lot saying very frantically ‘don’t ask questions just keep going. Don’t ask questions.’ And then we started running out, and then lots of people started running, you know like driving frantically towards the exit.”
Do says part of the confusion came from the fact that people were unsure what was going on. He says he didn’t see any police or emergency vehicles at the scene.
“No one was sure what was happening because there was no notice of what was happening exactly, no news. Security guards were just telling people to leave the stores and to evacuate.”
Do says as far as he could tell, no one was hurt in the evacuation.
Just evacuated from McArthur Glen outlet mall by YVR. Security was rushing everybody out. What's happening?— Kalman (@thekalman) June 5, 2016
Late Sunday evening, McArthur Glen released the following statement:
Following a brief precautionary evacuation earlier today, Richmond RCMP have provided an all clear. We have now closed for the evening as scheduled, and will be resuming normal operation tomorrow at 10am.