Saturday, September 29, 2007

Subway Opens After Bomb Hoax - Reviewing Surveillance Footage

Police reopened Finch subway station Saturday afternoon 11 hours after they closed it down to investigate what turned out to be a bomb hoax.

Commuters were forced onto shuttle buses to Sheppard station after police received information that a bomb could have been placed in a bathroom inside Finch station, the last stop on the northbound Yonge subway line. But after a close investigation authorities were able to determine that the suspicious package was a fake.

"The bomb disposal unit came to the scene, examined the device and determined it was nothing more than a well-designed hoax," Insp. Greg McLane told reporters at the scene.

The subway remained closed all morning and well into the afternoon as police combed the station for clues. It reopened just after 2 p.m.

Authorities are now looking at security video tapes to see if they can catch the person who dropped off the package. They are also asking the public to call police if they saw anybody acting suspicious around Finch station late Friday night.

The Toronto Transit Commission is planning to reopen the station by Saturday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 32 Division, 416-808-3200 or Crime Stoppers, 416-222-TIPS where information can be left anonymously.