Toronto Island Airport: Officials say suspicious equipment has been disabled. 2 people in custody
Two men were taken into custody after authorities located and later defused a potentially explosive device Billy Bishop Toronto City AirportPolice said.
According to the airport’s social media account, around 4 p.m. Saturday, a device was found on a bicycle parked near the airport’s island-side ferry terminal. Located on an island on the shores of Lake Ontario near downtown Toronto, the airport is accessible largely by ferry or pedestrian tunnel.
The airport said the ferry terminal and tunnel were closed “very carefully” after police removed the bikes. Passengers were later evacuated at the terminal and two Air Canada flights were diverted to nearby Hamilton, according to the airport.
After police dealt with “a potentially explosive device”, at least two buildings near the airport were evacuated and several streets were closed, according to the Toronto Police Operations Center.
Toronto Police said a controlled detonation was made later that evening.
“The equipment has been disarmed and the Toronto Police Service has completed its investigation and released the site,” the airport said.
Toronto police said two “persons of interest” are in custody. Officials have not released any additional details on the type of device found.
According to the airport, airport operations and flights are scheduled to resume on Sunday morning. Billy Bishop Airport is approximately 10 miles southeast of the city’s busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International (YYZ).
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