Hamilton police responded to a mall parking lot in the area of 1187 Barton Street East in Hamilton this morning for reports of a suspicious package. A thorough investigation was conducted and the area was deemed safe. No persons were injured.
On April 23rd 2019 just short of 09:00, Hamilton Police Service (HPS) responded for a suspicious package call in the area of 1187 Barton Street East. Some local businesses were evacuated and a road closure was put in place on Barton Street East between Ottawa Street North and Kenilworth Avenue North. All closures and evacuations were a “precaution” taken by the police to ensure the safety of those in close proximity. A large portion of the parking lot was also blocked off.
Hamilton police have told us that the package was reported by a member of the public who thought it appear “suspicious” in nature and contacted police. While on scene, I can confirm that Hamilton Police conducted an investigation into a garbage can located between The Source and The Bulk Barn. Upon the scene being released, myself and members from other media sources went to check it out and noticed nothing abnormal about the garbage can or the contents inside.
Police say that the investigation done by patrol units, K9 units and an emergency response team deemed the area to be safe around 12:00. The investigation also concluded that no local businesses were targeted and no threats were received as this incident happened in close proximity to a Meridian Credit Union. The roads have since been reopened and the evacuated businesses are returning to their normal daily operations. Hamilton police would like to thank the members of the public for their cooperation during this incident.