I really should have titled this post “Bombs found in car gives my husbands co-worker yet another excuse to miss work and screw up my husbands schedule!”
Ok I guess I should give you a little background on this story. Hmmm?
A little over a week ago a Toronto Lawyer received a petroleum based letter bomb in the mail. Letter bombs had also been received by another Toronto area resident and a Guelph Ontario resident during this same time period. I believe the other Toronto resident that had received a letter bomb was injured when the letter was opened, otherwise no one else was hurt by these bombs.
Skip to last night, Thursday evening, at around 10 pm. The police had a suspect in the letter bomb cases and they’d had him under surveillance. For some reason, when the suspect pulled into a gas station, one not too far from here by the way, they decided to make their move and arrest the man.
A key fact as to how this affects my husband and I is that Chris’ co-worker, the one that calls in sick all the time and then says he arranged for Chris to go into work early etc, happens to live in the immediate area of the gas station arrest.
At about 10:30 this morning when the police were examining the suspects car which was still parked at the gas station they discovered THREE bombs!
They immediately closed off the area. Residents in the area couldn’t leave, and those wanting to get into the area couldn’t get in. You can read the whole story and watch video of the bombs being moved at the Toronto CityNews site.
Now, Chris’ coworker had just moved to an apartment in this area and I’m not sure if he’d still been in his former residence in Brampton (about an hours drive from here, longer in traffic) overnight and if he’d just been trying to go to his new apartment to get items for work, or if he was in his new apartment and couldn’t leave for a while. Either way, the guy was supposed to start his shift at work at 12 noon and he hasn’t shown up yet.
Chris now tells me that the guy needed a shower and a change of clothes so he’s currently driving all the way to Brampton to do those things and then he’ll drive back to work. He’s not likely to make it to work before Chris has to leave at five which means Chris will get stuck at work- again.
This is a Friday. Normally there’s a lot of traffic on Fridays during the summer because people get off early to start their weekends. On top of that it’s a long weekend so traffic is bound to be even worse than normal.
On top of that, the bombs were moved at about 2 pm this afternoon to the Leslie Split area where they can be detonate in a relatively unpopulated area. The gigantic convey of police and emergency vehicles caused a lot of road blocks which I’m sure affected traffic on other major routes in the city too. By the way this convoy of emergency vehicles was the largest I’ve ever seen! Ever!
Around the time that I learned the bombs were on the move they were probably passing close to my house since I live only a few blocks away from the Don Valley Parkway, a major route through the city.
At this time the bombs have reached the Leslie street split and are being examined by the bomb squad. They’ll soon be detonated.
My husband is working a special shift today. 9 to 5. He’s working that shift because tonight we begin my family reunion by going to see a baseball game – the Blue Jays Versus Seattle. Chris must be home by 5. I’m not sure that will happen now thanks to his co-worker. I really don’t understand why he had to drive out of the city to get clothes and so on. He wears hospital scrubs when he’s working and there’s showers in the locker rooms. Grrrr.
As if bombs in Toronto weren’t excitement enough there’s also been a Brinks Truck robbery in the East End. Again, not quite in my area, but close enough to my part of town. Shots were fired and there might be injuries.
I’d actually like to get downtown before 6 pm. Why? Well the cast of Heroes is here in Toronto. They’re at Dundas Square across from the Eatons Center signing autographs and promoting their show. I’d love to see them and maybe take some photos before we go to the baseball game.
See how exciting Toronto is? Lots of things happening today – some good, some bad.
Now I’m not even sure we’ll make it to the game on time! We’ve got to meet my brother at a certain time as he’s got all the tickets!
Wish me luck!