A strange day that saw Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport shut down and a controlled detonation of a possible explosive device began with a “routine walkthrough” of the property by the island’s airport security team.
Airport security officers have the necessary instincts to root out anything unusual. What they found on Saturday was certainly unusual.
Just outside the ferry terminal on the mainland around 4 p.m., security personnel spotted a bicycle with an electronic device attached to it.
“It has a digital timer and has tested positive for two substances used in explosives,” said an airport insider.
What happened in the hours that followed was anything but normal.
The Toronto police b*mb squad was called, and the airport was evacuated. Neighboring buildings at 34 Little Norway, 681 Queens Quay and 650 Queens Quay also saw residents cleared from the area.
“Porter (Airlines) has completed its flight schedule for the evening” but “two Air Canada flights diverted to Hamilton,” Billy Bishop Airport said in a tweet. All passengers in the terminals were evacuated and the Western Gap Tunnel, which connects to the mainland, was closed, the tweet said.
By 11 p.m., Toronto police, who had warned residents that there would be a loud explosion, detonated what appeared to be a controlled b*mb on the bike.
After its completion, the airport and the surrounding area were opened to the public. Toronto Police Inspector Jason Albany told reporters that two people considered persons of interest were cooperating with police.
But questions still remain?
Sources said The OlxPraca That a house in Toronto was searched and nothing unclean was found. A third person was questioned at the house. Sources say that the three brothers associated with this cycle are brothers.
In a news release Sunday, Toronto police said that “after an extensive investigation, both persons of interest have been released, and no charges have been laid,” adding, “Police believe This was an isolated incident and there is no further threat to public safety.”
Toronto police thanked the public, saying “Potentially explosive device investigations take time, as informed decisions must be made to protect the public and protect critical infrastructure.”
It is still unclear what was attached to the bicycle. Police said they would not comment further.
This seems to be going down in the books as a regrettable series of decisions. Of course, all precautionary measures including outgoing and incoming flights were canceled to protect the public.
Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Paramedics also assisted in the hasty evacuation of the area.
Meanwhile, Mayor John Tory tweeted “Thank you to all Toronto Police officers working to respond to a suspicious package at Billy Bishop Airport Ferry Terminal.”
The police also said that airport security officers also deserve a pat on the back. Flight service resumed at 6:45 a.m. Sunday.
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