Axe on Montreal Metro lands man a ticket

A man who brought an axe into the Montreal Metro on his way to work was stopped and ticketed by police Friday morning.

Man was bringing axe to work, say Montreal police

A man was ticketed at Berri-UQAM station for transporting an axe on the public transit system. (Melinda Dalton/CBC)

A man who brought an axe into the Montreal Metro was stopped and ticketed by police Friday morning.

Police intercepted the man at Berri-UQAM station shortly after someone called 911 around 9 a.m. ET.

It turns out that the man was simply on his way to work. The axe was a tool required to do his job, police said.

However, he was still fined since the STM prohibits the unsecured transportation of something that can be considered a weapon. The transit authority requires items such as axes to be transported in containers.

Although it turned out to be a false alarm, Montreal police say they are pleased that residents are remaining vigilant and went to the trouble of calling the authorities.