A Fake Bomb Was Left Outside Of A Toronto Hospital & Caused A 'Major Disruption'
Ambulances had to be diverted.
With the cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise, Toronto hospitals are busy dealing with the pandemic. However, St. Michael's Hospital faced another "major disruption" after a fake bomb was left outside of their entrance. On April 7, Toronto Police discovered a fake explosive device and are now looking for the suspect.
According to Toronto Police, the package was specifically designed to look like it was a bomb threat.
As the device was being investigated, ambulances were forced to divert to other hospitals as a safety precaution.
A communications advisor at Unity Health Toronto emailed Narcity more details about the incident.
"In the early hours of April 7, a suspicious package was discovered outside of St. Michael’s Hospital’s emergency department entrance on Shuter Street," they revealed to Narcity.
"It was determined that the package was not a threat to safety, though it was deliberately designed to appear so."
According to Toronto Police, the incident was called in at 3:20 a.m. They have released photo surveillance of the suspect and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
"We are grateful to Toronto Police Service for their vigilance in handling this matter and urge anyone with information to contact Toronto Police. Our top priority remains the safety of our patients, people and community," Unity Health Toronto wrote in the email.
The suspicious package, which was a backpack, was later destroyed by the police, according to their tweet.
Road closures at Queen and Bond were also put in place while they investigated.
The police tweeted that the area was reopened at 7:45 a.m., about four hours after the incident was called in.
The suspect was captured on video wearing a black or grey beanie hat, a black coat and dark jeans. He was also left with a bike.
Unity Health Toronto informed Narcity that "our people and structures are safe and hospital operations continued as planned."
Currently, Toronto hospitals are working hard to prepare forof COVID-19 patients that are expected to come in the next few weeks.
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