Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Potential bomb threat shuts down commercial arteries in Pointe Claire


Montreal police confirmed that "a suspicious package" was left at the Esso gas station that sits in the Fairview Pointe Claire parking lot at the corner of St. John's and Brunswick boulevards in Pointe Claire has shut down major traffic arteries, said Montreal Police Service Const. Pierre-Luc Du Sablon.
Du Sablon reported that police were called around 12:30 this afternoon about a suspicious package left on the gas station property and are advising motorists to avoid the area because the risk of potential explosion. A security perimeter has been set up around the area and access to the busy intersection, considered the commercial heart of the West Island, is extremely limited, if not outright cut off.
"The SWAT team is on its way" to the scene, Du Sablon reported.
The suspicious package "could be anything," and has prompted very real fears in the aftermath of yesterday's Boston Marathon bombing incident, which saw two explosions set off near the finish line kill at least two and injure hundreds more.
Keep checking us out for more updates as the situation evolves.

UPDATE 2:25 p.m. Police bomb squad robot is pulling package away from the front of the gas station, thus far still intact, reports CJAD's Dan Delmar. No reports yet on the origin of the package.

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