- IKEA in Boucherville, Quebec has been evacuated after employees received a bomb threat.
- Police are on the scene conducting a thorough search of the store.
- An SPAL spokesperson tells MTL Blog that a disgruntled customer is currently the primary suspect.
The IKEA in Boucherville on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River has been evacuated after the store received a bomb threat. The Service de police de l'agglomération de Longueuil (Police for the Longueuil Aglomeration, or SPAL) and firefighters are currently on the scene investigating.
According to François Boucher, a spokesperson for the SPAL, customer service received a bomb threat at around 1:30 p.m. today, August 16. The threat was allegedly made by a disgruntled customer, who told customer service that he had placed a bomb in the store.
Staff and clients immediately evacuated the building, as well as the parking area. Boucher stated that police are currently carefully inspecting the building, canvassing for explosives or people in the store.
Customers and staff were evacuated from the store, which is located at 586 Chemin de Touraine, immediately. Firemen and police remain on the scene as a careful canvas of the area is conducted.
As of now, police cannot say when the building will re-open. According to Boucher, though police understand the impact of the operation on the store, it is the police's priority to make absolutely sure that residents are safe.
"General evacuation of the IKEA in Boucherville."
According to Boucher, several leads have led the police to suspect one person in particular. There is no information on whether or not the suspect is already in custody.
The building will remain closed until police have deemed it safe to enter.
This is a breaking story. We will update it once more information is available.