Toronto’s mayor calls for investigation into unstable Trump Tower antenna as streets remain closed

Sections of two major streets in Toronto’s have remained closed for more than 24 hours due to safety concerns over an unstable antenna on top of the Trump International Hotel & Tower.

On Monday morning, Toronto police responded to reports of a swaying antenna atop the skyscraper at 325 Bay St. They shut down Bay Street between Richmond Street and King Street, and Adelaide Street West from Yonge Street to just west of Bay Street to vehicles and pedestrians. The streets will remain closed until at least mid-afternoon Tuesday, according to police.

In a statement late Monday afternoon, the City of Toronto explained that the area around the 68-storey tower will remain cordoned off “until the owner of the building provides a report from a professional engineer that concludes there is no risk to the public.”

Tyler Anderson / National PostTyler Anderson / National PostThe Financial District empty of its usual traffic on Aug. 31, 2015.

Mayor John Tory’s office expressed concern over public safety as well as the impact on traffic in the downtown core. The mayor asked for an investigation and “is determined that responsible parties are held accountable.”

Talon International Development, the builder behind the Toronto Trump Tower, also released a statement saying hotel management had alerted the police, who then shut down the intersection to traffic as precaution: “Talon’s technical specialist was quickly dispatched to the area, and found that the concerns were unsubstantiated.”

The development company said it would notify police as soon as it had the engineer’s report.

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