Fake bomb fizzles fundraiser at Royal Ontario Museum
One of the few times a counterfeit is better than the real thing.
An elaborate bomb hoax forced the cancellation of a $600-a-plate black-tie fundraiser at the Royal Ontario Museum Wednesday night.
A suspicious package was found in the glass-covered lobby of the ROM around 6:15 p.m., Toronto police said. Bomb squad officers closed down University Ave. and Bloor St. W., in the area around the ROM. The upper floors of the museum were evacuated.
The event was supposed to attract about 2,500 people, but Bloor St. W. was closed between St. George St. and Avenue Rd., while University Ave. was closed between Bloor and Queen’s Park Circle, at Hoskins Ave, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The police Bomb Squad X-rayed and examined the package at the scene, and found it to be made to look like a series of pipe bombs, wrapped together with wiring. It didn’t contain an explosive device.