Update at 4:30 p.m.
Peterborough police say a citizen brought a potentially explosive device to the Peterborough Police station on Friday March 17 around noon.
“The item was packaged in a manner that made it difficult to determine what it was and had the appearance of an explosive device,” the release states.
Police evacuated and isolated the area in the interest of public safety. This evacuation included the relocation of the 911/Communication Center to the Fire Station on Sherbrooke Street.
Durham’s tactical unit examined the device and determined the item is not an explosive device although it had several characteristics of such a device. The investigation regarding this matter is complete and there was no criminal intent by the citizen who brought the item to the station.
During this event, the Non-emergency lines into the Communication Center had to be unattended for a short period of time however; the 911 lines were always available for any emergency calls. Effective immediately, all normal operations in the Commutations Center and at Police Headquarters are resuming. We apologize for any inconvenience this disruption may have caused and appreciate the patience and cooperation of everyone during this situation.
As a reminder to all citizens, please don’t transport unknown items to the Police Station if you are concerned about what it might be. Please contact the police and we will come and examine the item at its current location to determine what the best course of action is.
Update at 3:55 p.m.
The area at Water Street and McDonnel Street is now open to pedestrian and motor traffic.
Update at 2:45 p.m.
The Durham Regional Police Tactical Unit arrived on scene at about 2:15 p.m.
Breaking news at this hour. The Peterborough Police station at Water and McDonnel streets has been evacuated.
Videographer Sarah Deeth says at about 12:45, police cordoned off the area to both motor and pedestrian traffic due to word of a suspicious package.
Police say the item was turned in for disposal. The Durham Region Police Explosive Disposal Unit has been notified.
The following Streets are closed off:
• Water Street and Murray,
• Water Street and McDonnel,
• McDonnell and Harvey Street
• All north and south bound pedestrian traffic on Water Street between Murray and McDonnel.
Police are asking if at all possible defer non-emergency calls until normal operations resume.