A reported bomb threat inside Langevin Block, home of the Prime Minister's Office, led to the evacuation of the building just hours before the throne speech on Wednesday morning.
RCMP Cpl. Lucy Shorey has confirmed police have a person in custody and that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was not in the building, which sits immediately across the street from Parliament Hill, at the time.
UPDATE: Langevin Block has reopened after authorities addressed a security concern involving a suspicious package in the building on Wednesday, according to CTV News.
In a news release, Ottawa police announced the CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives) team “rendered the package safe” using a robot.
The building was evacuated as a precaution and a joint RCMP-Ottawa police team that deals with potentially hazardous materials was called to the scene.
Shorey declined to provide details about the person of interest or the package.
Global News reports a man entered the building and left a suitcase-sized package.
The incident occurred around 11:20 a.m.
Many reporters in Ottawa took to Twitter to provide real-time updates.
PMO evacuated, police source tells me suspicious person is in police custody. Roads are closed around PMO.— Mercedes Stephenson (@CTVMercedes) October 16, 2013
Police have taped off roads around PMO. RCMP, local police an fire on scene. Staff standing outside war memorial. Sirens in the distance.— Jordan Press (@jordan_press) October 16, 2013
Ottawa police explosives unit arrives at the Prime Minister's Office. pic.twitter.com/bcFqlvXAKw— Mercedes Stephenson (@CTVMercedes) October 16, 2013
Police cuffed and frisked this guy-outside Langevin Block. Wellington Street is closed while police investigate. pic.twitter.com/v9VmvJJwWe— Annette Francis (@APTNAFrancis) October 16, 2013
A security guard says she was at front entrance to Langevin when a man entered, threw a suitcase & started praying in a foreign language.— amy minsky (@amyminsky) October 16, 2013
Ottawa police say suspicious package at the PMO being investigated by "Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives" unit— Zev Singer (@zev_singer) October 16, 2013
Source in Ottawa bomb squad says suspicious package at Langevin block being treated as explosive material, though contents remain uncertain— Jake Edmiston (@jakeedmiston) October 16, 2013
With files from The Canadian Press
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