Halifax relay participants invited to Dartmouth event after bomb threat
Organizers of the upcoming Relay for Life in Dartmouth are inviting participants of the Halifax relay to take part in their event after the Halifax relay was cancelled due to a bomb threat.
The Dartmouth team has also offered to display all luminaries purchased for the Halifax relay on the Dartmouth track.
The luminaries honour those who have lost their battle with cancer, as well as cancer survivors.
The Relay for Life in Halifax was cut short on Friday after someone phoned in a bomb threat.
Police released the 911 call on Monday in the hopes someone will recognize the man’s voice and come forward.
The suspect is heard telling the 911 operator that something similar to the bombings at the Boston Marathon will happen in Halifax.
911 operator: 911, what is your emergency?
Suspect: “Remember the Boston bombing, well that’s gonna (expletive) happen up here in Halifax (inaudible) my (expletive) (expletive).”
Police say the call came in at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Friday. They determined the call originated from a payphone at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street.
Officers were on the scene within minutes, but did not locate anyone near the payphone.
The officers searched the area, including the Public Gardens, Victoria Park and the Wanderers’ Ground, but failed to locate the suspect.
Police said they searched the area for suspicious packages but did not find anything.
The Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, was taking place nearby at the Halifax Common.
Police consulted with organizers about the possible threat and organizers decided it was best to cancel the event to ensure the safety and well-being of the participants and volunteers.
Organizers of the Walk to Fight Arthritis also cancelled their event on Sunday and held a barbecue instead.