Large chunks of ice falling from CN Tower lead to area closure

Large chunks of ice falling from the CN Tower have closed the surrounding grounds for the second day in a row.

The falling ice, which began on Monday morning, is a result of rising temperatures after an unusual storm that brought winter-like conditions to the city this past weekend.

On Monday, the CN Tower said the ice chunks were falling from the “upper pod and antenna mast at the very top of the tower.” The area was expected to reopen Tuesday morning but police said at around 3 p.m. that closures are still in place.

Bremner Boulevard is closed between Lower Simcoe and Rees streets.

The CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada are also closed. The Rec Room is closed to the general public for the day but said private functions and pre-booked reservations will be honoured.

“From this morning there was some ice falling from the CN tower – large pieces – we’ve deemed that it is very dangerous at this time so we’ve had to close the area,” said Sgt. Chris McCann.

He added, “We will make a determination based on the weather, the CN Tower – if any ice is coming down at the time – and we’ll make a determination then if we need to continue to have it blocked off or open it up at that time.”

Officers said they are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they become available.