Man arrested after police detonate package with 'loud bang' on Bloor Street

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Toronto police closed a section of Bloor Street East on Tuesday while they investigated a package of interest and carried out a controlled detonation. Police said a threat was made to a government building in the area before the package was found. (Graeme Roy/Canadian Press - image credit)
Toronto police closed a section of Bloor Street East on Tuesday while they investigated a package of interest and carried out a controlled detonation. Police said a threat was made to a government building in the area before the package was found. (Graeme Roy/Canadian Press - image credit)

Toronto police have arrested a man in connection with an investigation into a "package of interest" that officers detonated on Bloor Street East near Sherbourne Street on Tuesday.

Const. Laura Brabant, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said officers blew up the package after a threat was made to a government building in the area. Officers were called to intersection at 2:50 p.m.

When officers arrived, they closed Bloor Street East between Sherbourne Street and Mount Pleasant Road to investigate.

Officers then called in the police emergency disposal unit, which located the package and detonated it, she said.

"They safely detonated the package out of an abundance of caution," Brabant said.

Police have not said what was in the package or whether it contained any explosives.

"You may have heard a loud bang in the area," police said in a tweet.

The building that was the target of the alleged threat is located on Bloor Street East on the stretch of the road that was closed.

Brabant was not able to provide details about the threat or building, but she said the threat was not made toward a specific individual.

"We do get threats, but a controlled detonation is not an occurrence that happens every day or every week," Brabant said. "As far as I'm aware, it's not something we do daily or weekly."

There is no threat to public safety, she said.

Police closed the area for nearly five hours. All roads in the area are now open.

"All is in order at this time," police said in a tweet.

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