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Updated: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:43:50 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Toronto man charged after PMO lockdown in Ottawa



Wellington Street is closed to all traffic between O'Connor and Elgin streets while RCMP investigate. (© October 16, 2013)

Wellington Street is closed to all traffic between O'Connor and Elgin streets while RCMP investigate. (October 16, 2013) Tom Parry/CBC

A Toronto man has been charged with uttering threats and mischief after an Ottawa building housing the Prime Minister's Office was evacuated and downtown streets were closed because of a suspicious package yesterday. 

A suspect was arrested Wednesday morning after a package the size of a briefcase was reported inside the Langevin Block, an office building at 80 Wellington St., near Metcalfe Street, at about 11 a.m. ET.

Wellington Street was closed to traffic in both directions from O'Connor to Elgin streets while members of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) team investigated the package.

By 2 p.m., police had discovered that the package was not a threat.

The contents of the package will not be disclosed, the RCMP said.

The Langevin building is across the street from Parliament Hill and houses the Privy Council offices and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.

Mohamoud Jimale, 45, of Toronto, has been charged with one count each of uttering threats and mischief. He was scheduled to appear in an Ottawa courtroom this morning.

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