A campus bomb search ended up being a false alarm after Toronto Police Services were dispatched to Ryerson Tuesday afternoon.
According to Toronto police’s media relations officer, Jenifferjit Sidhu, police received an anonymous call about a bomb threat just after 3 p.m. Officers arrived at 10 Dundas East and evacuated the complex that houses Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone and holds classes in the AMC Theatre.
Officers were seen shortly after parked outside the Victoria Building.
Sidhu says the police did not find anything during their sweep, and no injuries were reported.
Charles Wright, a research assistant for Ryerson’s Faculty of Science, says that on his way home at around 5:30 p.m., he saw five different police units parked on Victoria Street. This included an Emergency Task Force bomb-squad truck; the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Explosives (CBRNE) response team; the Peel Canine Unit; a supervisor unit and a regular police car.
“I have been at Ryerson since September and I have never seen the bomb squad truck or CBRNE response,” says Wright. “But it is certainly not unusual for police units or supervisor SUVs to be parked on that part of Victoria Street.”
This is the second bomb threat on campus this semester, after a similar investigation at the O’Keefe House on Feb. 6.
“Bomb threats are not a common occurrence on campus but when they come in, we take them very serious,” says Tanya Poppleton, manager of Security and Emergency Services at Ryerson.