Halifax Regional Police is currently investigating a bomb threat received from a payphone in Halifax this evening.
At 7:45 p.m. a 9-1-1 dispatcher received a call from a male who made threats which alluded to the Boston Marathon bombings and indicating that something similar would happen in the area. It was determined the call originated from a payphone at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street.
A patrol officer was on scene within approximately two minutes and did not locate anyone near the payphone. A search of the surrounding area, including Public Gardens, Victoria Park and the Wanderers’ Grounds, failed to locate anything suspicious in nature.
Given that the only similar sporting event happening tonight is the Relay for Life at the Emera Oval at Halifax Common, officers attended the area and advised event organizers of the threat. As a result, event organizers made the decision to shut down the event. At this time, officers remain on-scene as the event participants clear the area and will then search for any suspicious packages.
It is disheartening that someone would make such threats and affect a charity event in our community which many people enjoy every year. Anyone with information about the male responsible for this senseless incident is asked to contact police at 490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.