Police Are Investigating A 'Suspicious Package' Outside Union Station
The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear & Explosive materials unit is on-site.
Toronto Police are currently investigating reports of suspicious packages at Union Station found during the afternoon of Monday, March 9. There have been reports of unattended items in front of the transit hub and police have called in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive materials unit. As the investigation continues, there may be a chance of road closures in some areas nearby.
Toronto Police Services sent out a tweet at around 5:27 p.m. on Monday afternoon, during the evening rush hour, after receiving reports of suspicious packages outside the station.
Officers have been able to locate the unidentified object and reported they were setting up a perimeter around the scene.
"SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE: Union Station - On the street - In front of station - Reports of suspicious packages - Officers have located package - Perimeter being set up - There may be road closures - CBRNE Team attending," reads the tweet.
According to Toronto Police at 6:21 p.m., the package has been opened and checked and found to contain nothing dangerous. The area will be opened shortly.*
In a video shared by Global News reporter Kraig Krause, Toronto police officers can be seen directing evening traffic in order to avoid the area in the intersection of Wellington Street West and Bay Street.
According to media present at the scene, Union remains open with transit running as normal.
The TTC also tweeted soon after Toronto Police reported the investigation, warning evening commuters that the No. 6 Bay route is currently detouring around King and Yonge Streets and Queens Quay West.
680News' Mark Douglas reports that two suspicious packages were found and that most of the police activity is around Bay Street.
Douglas adds that while Union remains open and running as normal, crowds gathering nearby included dense a few frustrated commuters "lashing out" at police officers on the perimeter.
According to City News, the Bay entrance to Union is closed at the time of writing, while the southbound lanes of Bay itself have been closed at Front Street.
Meanwhile, photos and videos taken by the public at the scene show a large number of police officers gathered near the station.
Back in October 2019, Union introduced the use of 24-hourthat were trained by the Toronto Police Service. Those duty pups are now paired up with Metrolinx Transit Safety Officers.
Toronto Police's communication did not seem to suggest those dogs were used in this incident.
*This article has been updated.