Parliament Hill in Ottawa has reopened after a police investigation into a ‘possible threat’ kept the Parliamentary Precinct closed for several hours Saturday afternoon.
The Ottawa Police Service said no public safety threat was identified, but no other details about the nature of the investigation have been released.
According to an alert from the Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS), obtained by CTV News Ottawa, there was a “shelter in place” order due to what PPS called a “possible threat.” Parliament Hill was evacuated.
“Earlier today an alert was sent out via the Emergency Notification System (ENS) to all parliamentarians and parliamentary employees by the Parliamentary Protective Service regarding an operation which is underway with a possible threat,” PPS said in a statement. “All Parliamentary buildings are in Shelter in Place until further notice and Parliament Hill has been evacuated. As the situation is ongoing, our highest priority continues to be the safety of the parliamentary community and the public. We continue to work closely with our security partners.”
Wellington Street in front of the Parliament Buildings was closed from Elgin Street to Bank Street, as was Metcalfe Street between Albert and Slater streets, according to police.
Roads reopened just after 3:30 p.m. and visitors were allowed onto Parliament Hill again. PPS has given the all clear to Parliamentary employees.
“The suspicious incident investigation at Parliament Hill is complete. No public safety threat has been identified. The area is reopened to the public. We thank the public for its cooperation,” the Ottawa Police Service said on Twitter.
A stretch of Wellington Street has been closed to vehicle traffic since the “Freedom Convoy” protest was cleared away in February, but the Hill has remained accessible to pedestrians.
This is a developing news story. More details to come…