Suspicious Package Updates: Brock University

From: http://www.brocku.ca/news/

Package was not an explosive

Published on June 26 2013

Niagara Regional Police investigators have concluded that a suspicious package found in a campus building is not an explosive device, and most campus operations have now resumed.

Classes scheduled for this evening in the Plaza building will take place, and the graduation ceremony for Denis Morris High School will proceed as scheduled.

The Student Alumni Centre will remain closed until further notice, as an investigation scene.

Earlier in the afternoon a student union staff member reported the suspicious package in an area of the Student Alumni Centre, which houses several food service outlets as well as the student pub and the offices of the Brock University Student Union. That building and the adjacent Plaza Building were shut down for several hours while police with a robot device examined the package. Several roads were temporarily closed and transit buses diverted.

Shortly before 5 pm police confirmed they had examined the contents and concluded it was not an explosive device.

A small number of afternoon classes in Plaza Building were cancelled because of the disruption. Please watch this website for updates on rescheduled classes.

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UPDATE: Police determine suspicious package not a threat

Published on June 26 2013

4:50 p.m.

A police investigation has determined that a suspicious package found in the Alumni-Student Centre earlier Wednesday afternoon is not a threat to safety.

The Plaza Building and adjacent roads have been re-opened. Classes in Plaza will take place this evening. The Alumni-Student Centre remains closed as police wrap up their investigation. Operations in all other buildings on campus are proceeding normally.

Transit will resume pickups and drop-offs in front of the Schmon Tower and the area has been re-opened to pedestrians.

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3:51 p.m.

Police continue to investigate a suspicious package found in the Alumni-Student Centre earlier Wednesday this afternoon.

Both the Alumni-Student Centre and Plaza Building have been evacuated. Both buildings remain closed. All other buildings on campus have not been evacuated and operations in those buildings continue.

Interior campus roads near the investigation remain closed and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area and the front of the Schmon Tower.

All transit users are asked to make their way to the Rosalind Bauer day care centre near Parking Lot D via Thistle Complex and Welch Hall.

Police and emergency services were called to the Brock campus around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after a suspicious package was reported in the Alumni-Student Centre

As a precaution, officials closed nearby interior campus roads to traffic and evacuated the Alumni-Student Centre and Plaza Building. All pedestrians are asked to avoid the area and the front of the Schmon Tower.

The campus is not being evacuated at the moment.

Transit buses were being rerouted to a temporary campus stop at the Rosiland Blauer day care centre.

Please watch the Brock home page for updates.