Nova Scotia

Bomb threat shuts down The Dome in Halifax

Halifax police responded to a bomb threat at one of Halifax's largest and longest-standing nightclubs, The Dome, early Sunday morning. More than 1,000 patrons and staff were evacuated, though no one was injured and police found no explosives.

More than 1,000 patrons and staff were evacuated early Sunday morning

Halifax police shut down the block around the Dome early Sunday in response to a bomb threat, which they later determined to be a false alarm. (CBC)

A bomb threat led police to evacuate The Dome in the midst of the weekend's busiest club hours — but after shutting down the block, police found no explosives.

Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, Halifax police responded to a report of a bomb at the Argyle Street club.

About 1,300 patrons and staff had to exit the club, many of whom left without jackets into below-freezing temperatures.

According to a police news release, Halifax Transit buses were used as a temporary shelter.

Police blocked all vehicle and pedestrian traffic surrounding The Dome on Argyle, Carmichael, Prince and Grafton Streets.

At about 3:20 a.m., a police dog trained to detect explosives arrived at the scene and confirmed the bomb threat was unfounded. Streets were reopened to traffic by 3:40 a.m.

Police say they are investigating but have no suspect information and are asking the public for tips.

Tips can be called into police at 902-490-5020.