So in their infinite wisdom they shut down BOTH the Don Valley and the Gardiner to transport a tiny bit of explosive with no more bang than a gallon of gas going off.
Bombs detonated in one ‘fireball-type' blast
August 31, 2007 at 5:37 PM EDT
TORONTO — Toronto police temporarily shut down two major highways Friday as they gingerly removed several letter bombs from an east-end neighbourhood and ferried them across town to be detonated at an isolated site near the waterfront.
The devices in question were plucked from the trunk of a car during the arrest Thursday night of a man police allege is connected to a string of attempted letter bombings earlier this month in Toronto and Guelph, Ont., an hour's drive west.
“We don't have a motive at this point,” said police Constable Wendy Drummond. “We do know that the three victims — the two in Toronto and the one in Guelph — were not chosen at random.”
Constable Drummond wouldn't elaborate further, except to say that the victims were all linked and that the rest was still part of an ongoing investigation.
Earlier Friday, television news channels showed overhead footage of a convoy of police vehicles, their lights ablaze, with a police SUV in the middle, towing an armoured, cylindrical bomb-disposal unit.
Traffic was at a standstill as the convoy slowly made its way south to the Leslie Street Spit, a deserted peninsula of land that juts out into Lake Ontario at the edge of the city's harbourfront district, where all three devices were detonated in one controlled “fireball-type” blast, police said.
Police boats patrolled the waters about 450 metres offshore to keep marine traffic away from the blast site.
Had they transported it unknown to you, and the press found out and exposed them, would you be among the first to be hollering they were risking lives by doing so? And more importantly, did they know exactly what they were dealing with when they made the decision?
You can't have it both ways.
Erring on the side of public safety is a good thing.
MacDoc, your post is absurd. It is the job of the police to serve and protect.
They had no definite idea as to the explosive power of those bombs. Given that they were home made devices, and therefore assumed to be unstable, the safest method of disposal would be to transport and detonate them - exactly what the police did.
Now, if they had transported them in an unmarked and unescorted vehicle and the bombs had gone off, I'm sure you would be screaming bloody murder. The reason for closing the bridges is, one could assume, so that if the bomb detonates while under the bridge, and the bridge is damaged, there is no risk of casualties.
Please, stop your showboating and recognize when the police do their jobs.