UPDATE: McDonald’s evacuation linked to suspicious package

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A McDonald’s Restaurant in the west end of St. John’s was apparently evacuated Tuesday afternoon because of a suspicious package.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s overnight report from Wednesday, police investigated and determined there was ultimately nothing suspicious about the package.

The restaurant on Topsail Road was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon. Customers at the scene told The Telegram an alarm was sounded.

A spokesman for McDonald’s Canada told The Telegram Tuesday the evacuation took place for “safety reasons,” but he said further media inquiries on the matter would have to go through police.

People were allowed back inside the restaurant at approximately 1:30 p.m. Employees at the restaurant refused to comment about the incident when questioned by The Telegram on Tuesday.


(Earlier story)

A spokesman for McDonald’s Canada says its outlet on Topsail Road in St. John’s was evacuated this afternoon for “safety reasons.”

However, the spokesman said all further inquiries on the matter would need to go through investigating authorities, which in this case is the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

The spokesman did say people who were at the restaurant at the time of the incident are safe.

Employees and customers exited the restaurant after an alarm was activated early this afternoon. People were allowed back into the building at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Four police vehicles were spotted at the scene, two of which blocked the entranceway to its parking lot. McDonald’s employees questioned about the incident by The Telegram declined comment.


Employees and customers at McDonald’s on Topsail Road in St. John’s exited the building over the lunch period today after a fire alarm sounded.

Four police vehicles responded to the scene and blocked the entrance to the business’s parking lot.

A short time later, employees and customers were allowed back in the building.

Employees questioned by The Telegram would not comment on the possible cause of the fire alarm.






Geographic location: Topsail Road

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  • Anon
    March 27, 2014 - 14:30

    Just a heads up, coming from an employee from the St. John's Topsail Road location, no employee is allowed to say anything to the media when it comes to stuff like this because we could get fired. This is my understanding anyway, from what I have heard from other employees.