The 911 call that sent police and ambulances to the offices of a Montreal gaming company on Friday was a hoax, police sources have confirmed.
Dozens of police officers, some of them heavily armed, arrived outside one of the buildings used by Mile End Ubisoft — at the corner of St-Laurent Boulevard and St-Viateur Street, a neighbourhood in the central Plateau-Mont-Royal borough — around 1:30 p.m. ET. Ambulances were also at the scene.
Specialized tactical officers evacuated the building. But no threat was detected and no one was injured, police say. They say the operation began in response to a 911 call, now deemed a hoax, earlier in the afternoon.
The specifics of the hoax remain unclear.
At one point dozens of people were seen after apparently barricading themselves on the roof of the red-brick building. They had blocked the door opening onto the roof with large objects.
Police set up a perimeter around the building and are asking people to avoid the area.
There is an ongoing police operation at the corner of Saint-Laurent and St-Viateur. We ask people to avoid the area. The <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SPVM?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SPVM</a> is currently validating information and more details will follow. <a href=”https://t.co/44PjWzsCOh”>pic.twitter.com/44PjWzsCOh</a>
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said on Twitter the city is in contact with police, and also asked people to avoid the Mile End area.