Suspicious package forces road closure and gridlock

Ottawa police's explosives unit was called to Tom Brown Arena after receiving a bomb threat on Tuesday afternoon.

Several downtown Ottawa roads closed Tuesday afternoon after a bomb scare at Tom Brown Arena have reopened.

O-Train service, and OC Transpo buses which were diverted around the arena as police investigated a suspicious package, have returned to their normal schedules.

At approximately 2 p.m., after receiving information from a caller who said a package behind the arena contained dynamite, police evacuated the building and dispatched its explosives unit.

A remote-controlled police robot opened the package. Ottawa police Inspector Don Sweet said it was not dynamite, but rather fireworks or an energy-type device.

With the Transitway closed from Holland Avenue to Booth Street in both directions, buses used several alternate routes. Albert Street, another bus thoroughfare, was also closed in both directions between Bayview Road and Preston Street.

Bayview Road was also closed between Wellington and Scott streets.