No charges laid 1 year after Stratford Festival bomb threat

It's been a year since a bomb threat cancelled opening night at the Stratford Festival. No charges have been laid but police say the investigation continues.
On May 28, 2018 police evacuated the Avon and Festival theatres "as a precaution," according to Stratford Police. No explosives were found and no charges laid but police say the investigation continues. (Keith Tomasek/Twitter)

No charges have been laid in the year since a unsubstantiated bomb threat cancelled opening night at Stratford Festival, but police say the investigation continues. 

On May 28 at 6:45 p.m., less than an hour before curtain, Stratford Police received a call that explosives had been placed at Stratford Festival. The Avon Theatre on Downie Street and the Festival Theatre on Queen Street were evacuated. 

No explosives were found, but the evening's performance of The Tempest was cancelled and rescheduled. 

"Charges were not laid," artistic director Antoni Cimolino told The Morning Edition's host Craig Norris on Monday.

"The police had a pretty good idea, they just didn't have enough to lay charges. It was a one-time event that, I'm knocking on wood, is best forgotten."

Additional security, police at Festival Theatre Monday

Nevertheless, additional security measures will be in place, Cimolino said. Straford police say there will be a larger than usual police presence around the Festival Theatre through Monday night.

"We've worked with the Stratford Police over the course of the last year — and especially in the recent months — to prepare for tonight and every night this week," Cimolino said.

Stratford police Cst. Darren Fischer said the investigation continues and tips are welcome. 

"At this time, like I said, no charges have been laid but if we do receive information that would allow us to lay charges, then we definitely would do so," Fischer said. 

Those charges could include public mischief and threats to cause damage to property. 


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