May 5, 2010 / 7:42 PM / 8 years ago

Calgary police lift downtown cordon, no bomb found

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A suspicious package that led police to evacuate buildings and cordon off a swath of Calgary’s downtown core on Wednesday afternoon turned out not to be a bomb, officials said.

Police blocked off streets and buildings in the western city that is the capital of Canada’s oil and gas industry, and evacuated the first two floors of the building housing the headquarters of Imperial Oil Ltd.

The Canadian headquarters of BP Plc is nearby.

Calgary Police Service said in a release that bomb disposal technicians had examined a suspicious package and found it did not contain explosives.

They have now lifted their barricades and are letting tenants return to the affected buildings.

Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Rob Wilson

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