Intruder alarm sparks PMO evacuation 0
The Prime Minister’s Office was evacuated after an intruder alarm went off when a man tried to get in despite security guards’ efforts to deny him entry Wednesday, sources tell QMI Agency.
Police were called to the scene around 11:20 a.m. EST and blocked off the area around the ornate Langevin Block — a building dating back to the 1880s that houses the PMO.
PMO staffers were allowed back into the Langevin Block and area roads re-opened by mid-afternoon after Ottawa Police used a bomb squad robot to make sure that a “suspicious package” inside the building was safe.
Police have also taken a “person of interest” into custody, but no charges have been laid.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was not in the Langevin Block at the time because he was at a Conservative caucus meeting in the Parliament buildings across the street.
- with files from Mark Dunn and Jessica Hume