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Hundreds Evacuated From Downtown Bar After Bomb Threat

Release from early Sunday morning:

Police Investigate Bomb Threat – Halifax

At 12:50 a.m., 8 March, Halifax Regional Police responded to report of a Bomb Threat at the Liquor Dome Complex 1726 Argyle Street Halifax.  Approximately 1,300 patrons and staff were evacuated from the building.

Halifax Transit provided a bus as a temporary shelter for those that could not leave the area.

Multiple police units are currently on scene and are actively securing the area by moving patrons and pedestrian away from the area.

Traffic Blocked:  Police have blocked all vehicle and pedestrian traffic surrounding the Liquor Dome Complex: Argyle Street, Carmichael Street, Prince Street and Grafton Street.  The streets will remain closed for an extended period of time.

The investigation is in the early stages and an update will be provided at 5:00 a.m.

UPDATE:  A Police Service Dog and Handler trained in explosive detection attended and at 3:22 a.m., confirmed there was no explosive device inside the Liquor Dome complex.  At 3:38 a.m., all traffic was re-opened.  No one was injured during this incident.  However, hundreds of patrons were evacuated without their jackets and many could not leave the area.  Halifax Transit provided several buses as comfort shelters for those patrons that were stuck in the cold.

Investigators with the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are conducting the investigation.  There is no suspect information at this time.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call police at 902-490-5016.  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.

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