ROM Threat
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ROM Threat

Photo by David Topping.
A mysterious bag discovered in an alleyway beside the Royal Ontario Museum at about 7:00 p.m. tonight has shut down all traffic––pedestrian and vehicular––on Bloor between St. George and University and on Queen’s Park southbound from Bloor and Harbord.
UPDATE (10:45 p.m.): CTV is now saying that police have found “what appears to be a pipe bomb,” and that the building was (half-)evacuated (contrary to what we were originally told). They also mention a “A YouTube video entitled “Fake footage of the fake bombing at the ROM, Toronto” [that] appears to show two people staging the event.”
UPDATE (11:05 p.m.): CTV is now saying that it was a definite hoax, with police confirming that the bomb was not real (though there was something that was made to look like a bomb). The videos, however, do exist: the first one is displayed below; the second is after the fold. The videos––both uploaded by a user named toadmeat––are tagged with, among other things, “terrorism” and “recontextualization.”

An AIDS fundraising gala, beginning at 9 p.m., was cancelled as a result of the threat.
UPDATE (11:50 p.m.): Another video uploaded in January by the same user on YouTube––a rendering of the World Trade Center being crashed into by jet planes, though hearts flow out of it (and Osama Bin Laden stands and waves on the roof before jumping off) while Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me” plays––contains this description: “My humble experiments with the 3D animation program 3D Studio Max at The Ontario College of Art and Design. Osama showing some love for NYC and using his Mujahideen ninja moves for good.”
The video, like several other uploaded by “toadmeat,” is credited to “Thorarinn Ingi Jonsson.” A quick search of Facebook turns up two listings for the name at OCAD, both with the same photo, both class of 2009.
UPDATE (11/29, 5:40 p.m.): We’ve interviewed Thorarinn Ingi Jonsson about the whole mess.
The second video and a few more photos are after the fold.

Photos by David Topping.