Hamilton Police are investigating after two packages imitating possible explosive devices were placed in Canada Post mail pickup boxes on Main Street East at Cameron Avenue and Huxley Avenue.
The packages were discovered by a Canada Post around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon during regular pick-up of mail from the boxes.
Hamilton Police quickly closed off the two areas, shutting down Main Street East between Ottawa Street and the Queenston Traffic Circle. Police shut down and voluntarily evacuated some businesses along the route, other businesses closed due to lack of access to their facilities.
During the next seven hours, the Hamilton Police Explosives Disposal Unit meticulously inspected the mailboxes, removed the suspicious packages, safely detonated them, and collected forensic evidence.
Police did not fully reopen Main Street East until just prior to 11 p.m. Friday night.
Police Superintendent William Mason says police are now investigating and will be canvassing the local area for information. He is asking anyone with information, or security camera footage along Main Street West between Graham Avenue and Cope Street to contact the East End Division at 905-546-2963, or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers at 905-522-8477.
Supt. Mason says Hamilton Police believe there were only two packages, and there is no ongoing threat to public safety.
Update, Saturday evening: Hamilton Police are telling CHCH News they’ve identified the individual responsible and released them without criminal charges, the investigation is ongoing.
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The Hamilton Police Service Explosive Disposal Unit remote controlled robot opens a Canada Post mailbox containing an suspicious device on July 28, 2017