A high security alert encircling Toronto's police headquarters kicked into overdrive Thursday morning when someone spotted what looked like a suspicious package on a tree planter outside the College Street building.
The object, round and blue with red detail and what appeared to be wires, could be a pipe bomb, police said.
It turned out to be a purse. But a dozen officers stopped pedestrians and cars on College St., while two specialist officers picked up the package and walked away with it.
Even before and after the incident, tight security around police headquarters means no one is allowed in or out without an escort and must pass through three checkpoints.