Bank evacuated over biohazard concern PDF Print E-mail

Durham Regional Police report that a downtown Oshawa bank was evacuated Thursday for several hours after an unknown white powder was discovered inside a safety deposit box. There were no injuries and the substance was tested and found to be harmless.

Durham Regional Police were called just before 1 p.m. Thursday November 18th after a Bank of Montreal customer attended the branch on Simcoe Street at Athol Street to open a family-owned safety deposit box. A white powdery substance was found inside the box.

As a safety precaution and following established protocols for these types of incidents, the bank was evacuated, officials in protective clothing were called in and the Ministry of Health was notified. The substance was safely removed and sent away to a lab for testing.

On Friday November 19th, lab tests determined the white powder substance was non-biological in nature and did not pose any health risk to those exposed. The investigation is continuing and this incident is not considered random in nature.

Anyone with new information is asked to contact Central East Division at 1-888-579-1520. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.