Suspicious package removed from Bank of Canada

Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:02pm EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - A suspicious package found outside the headquarters of Canada's central bank on Thursday posed no threat and has been removed, police said.

Staff that had been evacuated have been allowed to return to the building.

"The package has been found to be inert and nontoxic," the Ottawa police said in a statement.

Earlier on Thursday, police had closed a main Ottawa street, evacuated some offices and brought in hazardous materials experts to investigate the package, which had been left near the building that houses the office of Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney.

Police did not reveal the contents of the package but said they sent a sample from it for analysis. They have not yet determined if any charges will be laid.

Carney has been heavily involved in managing the financial crisis that has reached Canadian shores. On Wednesday the bank announced plans to inject an additional C$8 billion ($6.5 billion) into the Canadian financial system to unlock credit flows, on top of the roughly C$20 billion it has already pledged.

Other important buildings nearby include the Supreme Court of Canada and the Parliament Buildings.

(Reporting by Louise Egan; Editing by Peter Galloway)