Suspicious device found at a Toronto airport has been disarmed and 2 people are in custody, authorities say.
Suspicious device found at a Toronto airport has been disarmed and 2 people are in custody, authorities say. 1:01
A police officer spotted what he believed to be a hoax call about to be made to 911 at Pearson International Airport, which was in the midst of a security exercise.
Officers immediately set up a perimeter around the scene and after a short while a suspicious item was found that they believed to be a bomb.
“All indications at this point are it’s the first time that we’ve seen this type of a call where the person is saying they have a bomb in here,” said Sgt. John Boswell, the commander of Bomb and Explosive Detection Unit at the Toronto Police.
Boswell said the call was made after a few people boarded a flight at the airport for a short international trip.
Boswell said during an interview with CP24 that he believed the person making the phone call, who boarded a different flight but was involved in the same security exercise, was going to make a fake bomb threat. He said he believed they were going to act out the same script as they did on several previous occasions.
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A second officer then arrived on scene and he thought the caller was going to make a fake bomb threat, Boswell added.
At that point the caller got off the call and police seized the item and placed it in a safe.
“We then reviewed what we believe is the second caller and we believe that they may have acted as well but we have a lot of work to do to make sure that we’re dealing with the actual threat that’s been posed,” Boswell said.
The bomb threat call was made at approximately 4:30 p.m. and the device was found at 4:50 p.m.
Police say the area where the device had been found is within a 15-foot radius of the airport’s international terminal, a location where passengers are not usually