Police in Vancouver, host city of the Winter Olympics, shut down part of the town Thursday afternoon after a "suspicious object" was found in the area, The Vancouver Sun reported.

People were warned to stay away as Lonsdale Quay, across the Burrard Inlet from downtown Vancouver, was closed down.

The SeaBus ferry, which connects the two with a 12-minute ride, was also halted.

"Everyone should stay away from the area," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Marlene Morton. "Everything's closed down until we can ensure public safety."

Morton would not reveal any further details.