Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

A suspicious package prompted an emergency response at 1 Stone Road in Guelph on Monday morning but police determined soon after that the item was no danger to the general public. 

At approximately 9:30 a.m., Guelph Police received a call about the package at 1 Stone Road, which houses ServiceOntario, according to a statement.

After it appeared the item was no danger to the public, authorities brought in a specialist that found “the package was not an explosive [or] incendiary device of any kind.”

However, the Guelph Fire Department Hazmat Team was brought on site to assist with identifying what the package could be and removed offsite.

At about 11 a.m., the building was evacuated but police stressed that it was “done as a precaution only” as there was “no evidence that there was any danger to the public.”

Approximately 30 minutes later, the fire department “removed the package without incident” and everyone was allowed to re-enter the building.

Police said an investigation continues into identifying the package.

‘Emergency incident’

Those in Guelph were urged to avoid the city’s ServiceOntario building at 1 Stone Road West due to an unspecified emergency situation on Monday morning, but has since been resolved.

“The public is being asked to stay away from 1 Stone Road” due to an “emergency incident” the City of Guelph posted at 11:22 a.m. on Twitter.

Just short of 30 minutes later, the city said the situation was over.

Guelph Police said they dealt with a “suspicious package” at the building, and the package had been removed.

“No danger to the public,” a police tweet reads.

More details to follow. Image of Stone Road ServiceOntario building from Guelph Today. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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