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Suspicious package prompts government building evacuation in Guelph

The Ontario Government building on Stone Road in Guelph was evacuated Monday morning while police investigated a suspicious package.
The Ontario Government building on Stone Road in Guelph was evacuated Monday morning while police investigated a suspicious package. Matt Carty / CJOY News

Guelph police say a suspicious package forced the evacuation of an Ontario government building in the south end of the city Monday morning.

At around 9:30 a.m., officers were called to the building at 1 Stone Rd. that houses a Service Ontario office and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs headquarters.

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“Police were unable to determine what the package was and called for the Guelph Fire Department Hazmat Team to assist,” said Const. Chris Probst in a news release. “To err on the side of caution, a specialist was brought in.”

The package was not an explosive but police evacuated the building as a precaution, Probst said.

The hazmat team removed the package at 11:30 a.m. and everyone was allowed to go back into the building.

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Police said an investigation is ongoing into the package and what it is.

 

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