UPDATE @ 4.15PM | Police have confirmed the suspicious device that forced the shutdown of Bermuda St was a pipe bomb.
The device was discovered on the side of the road at Mermaid Waters around 1pm.
The northbound lanes of Bermuda St were closed as Police investigated.
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The Bomb Squad was called in along with firefighters and paramedics.
It was rendered safe shortly after 4pm with the device taken away for forensic examination.
Inspector Gary Brown says the device was found by a member of the public.
“He picked it up and put it off to the side of the road and then called Police,” Inspector Brown said.
“We turned up fairly quickly and stayed with it.”
Inspector Brown admits it was a concern and advised people to leave things like that alone.
“If members of the public do find something suspicious like that, the best thing is not to touch it, you don’t know what you’re dealing with.”
All lanes of Bermuda St have now been re-opened
EARLIER @ 3.45PM | Police are investigating the discovery of a suspicious device at Mermaid Waters that is causing traffic chaos.
Police received a report about 1pm about a device that was found on Bermuda St at Cottesloe Drive.
The Bomb Squad has now arrived on the scene.
Firefighters and paramedics are also on hand along with Police
Northbound lanes have been blocked between Cottesloe Drive and Markeri St with traffic being diverted.
Northbound delays stretch all the way back to Christine Ave.
Southbound delays were back to Markeri St however it’s understood southbound lanes are open.
#BREAKING: A police incident is unfolding along Bermuda Street in Mermaid Waters.
Emergency crews are right now on the scene.
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More to come.