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Risk of falling ice closes CN Tower for the fourth consecutive day


TORONTO — The CN Tower is closed for a fourth consecutive day due to the risk of ice falling from the Toronto landmark.

The downtown attraction was first closed on Monday after chunks of ice fell onto streets and buildings below.

"We are all working around the clock to monitor the situation," officials with the CN Tower said in an email Thursday. "Based on this morning's inspection, the majority of the ice has come off the tower and the situation has improved considerably."

However, officials said for safety reasons, the CN Tower will remain closed until "further notice."

"Our top priority is the safety of guests, employees and neighbours and we continue to collaborate with the authorities and our partners," they said.

The falling ice has affected traffic and neighbouring businesses, including Ripley's Aquarium, which has also been closed since Monday.

"If you're wondering how our animals are doing through the closure — rest assured they're safe," Ripley's Aquarium said in a tweet Thursday. "Our husbandry team has been hard at work to ensure they're fed and thriving."

The tumbling ice also made a hole in the roof of the nearby Rogers Centre on Monday, forcing the cancellation of a baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals.

The stadium opened for games Tuesday, but certain entranced were blocked off.

The closures come following a weekend ice storm that hit much of southern Ontario, causing widespread power outages, as well as hundreds of collisions and flight cancellations in the region.

 

The Canadian Press

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