A foot, the government, and strong Twitter reporting

  1. I was so impressed with how our reporters worked together on Twitter to break this bizarre tale, I had to timeline it with storify. We owned this story from the start, something our reporters should be proud of.
    Hearing news that a suspicious package was delivered downtown, and the police unit’s HazMat team on scene, Citizen reporter Chloe Fedio offered to go check it out. She started tweeting from the scene.
  2. cfedio
    More than a dozen emergency vehicles on Albert St between Metcalfe and O’Connor after HAZMAT call. Pedestrian access. http://pic.twitter.com/cE3a7pE1
    Tue, May 29 2012 13:40:44
  3. cfedio
    No access to 12th floor of 130 Albert St but the building is otherwise open. Men in white suits just exited building. http://pic.twitter.com/JBBlIvFI
    Tue, May 29 2012 13:46:37
  4. The Citizen’s Parliament Hill reporter Glen McGregor flagged the significance of the address to Chloe. At this point, she is the only reporter on scene.
  5. glen_mcgregor
    @cfedio You realize 130 Albert St., 12 floor, is Conservative Party HQ
    Tue, May 29 2012 13:50:31
  6. That’s when we started to wonder if this was more than a standard ‘suspicious package’ call…
  7. cfedio
    Paramedics say no transports to hospital from 12 floor of 130 Albert St, aka Conservative Party HQ after HAZMAT call http://pic.twitter.com/54g0eIgb
    Tue, May 29 2012 13:55:33
  8. glen_mcgregor
    But, as I recall, there were other offices besides #CPC on the same floor of 130 Albert St., where HAZMAT team dispatched #cdnpoli
    Tue, May 29 2012 13:56:52
  9. Chloe confirmed the package was at the CPC headquarters.
  10. cfedio
    Major crimes investigators have taken over after HAZMAT call at Conservative Party HQ on Albert St. Details to be released later. #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 14:08:38
  11. The Citizen’s police reporter Meghan Hurley was first to break the news of what was in the package.
  12. meghan_hurley
    The suspicious package at the Conservative Party of Canada’s headquarters appears to be a human foot, the Citizen has learned #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 14:36:59
  13. The Ottawa Citizen tweeted its first webhit on the story. We continued to retweet news from Fedio, Hurley and McGregor.
  14. OttawaCitizen
    BREAKING: More on the foot found in ‘suspicious package’ at #CPC HQ. #cdnpoli http://ow.ly/be0hl
    Tue, May 29 2012 14:42:49
  15. meghan_hurley
    Police say what apears to be a human foot at the Conservative Party headquarters was sent THROUGH Canada Post, not by them. #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 14:44:22
  16. meghan_hurley
    Police say blood was found in the package containing what appears to be a human foot #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 14:53:42
  17. And the official comment from the Conservative Party:
  18. glen_mcgregor
    CPC spokesman Fred DeLorey: “A suspicious package was sent to our office.” Refers all questions to Ottawa police, who are investigating.
    Tue, May 29 2012 14:55:42
  19. Meghan Hurley continued to work the story from the police angle.
  20. meghan_hurley
    Call at CP headquarters intially came in as what appeared to be a human heart. Police determined it appears to be a foot #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 14:56:35
  21. cfedio
    Man just delivered pizza to Conservative Party HQ following HAZMAT scare on 12 floor of 130 Albert St as two officers stood guard. #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:00:31
  22. meghan_hurley
    @cfedio reports that a man delivered pizza to the Conservative Party headquarters as two officers stood guard. #crimescenepizza
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:00:18
  23. Almost 90 minutes after she arrived on scene, Chloe Fedio had company – an elevator door opens, and other reporters pile out.
  24. cfedio
    The rest of the media has arrived! Doors are shut. No one will answer. Conservative HQ in lockdown.
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:03:06
  25. A police spokesman holds a quick scrum.
  26. cfedio
    Suspicious package was addressed to Conservative Party of Canada. It was partially opened at 11:30am before police were called.
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:07:37
  27. cfedio
    Police won’t comment on reports that there was a foot in the package, just “a substance deemed suspicious.”
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:09:08
  28. meghan_hurley
    @cfedio says the person who “partially opened” the package is “fine.” #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:22:56
  29. meghan_hurley
    The package containing what appears to be a human foot is still in the building #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:23:37
  30. cfedio
    Ottawa police now said there was “possibly blood” on package and that there “possibly was a foot in the box” delivered to Conservative Party
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:34:00
  31. Followers appreciated Chloe’s Twitter coverage
  32. Org9
    Thank you to @cfedio for remaining professional and giving us actual updates re; Human foot alleged to have been delivered to #CPC HQ.
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:36:34
  33. cfedio
    The media is being kicked out of building where a package “possibly” containing a human foot was found.
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:43:18
  34. cfedio
    Police tell media that no CPC spokesperson will come out to comment. Call us instead, police say.
    Tue, May 29 2012 15:55:38
  35. Meghan also asked Ottawa police about a connection to a recent Montreal homicide investigation.
  36. meghan_hurley
    Montreal police are in contact with Ottawa police re: foot. A torso was found in Montreal Tuesday. #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 16:09:58
  37. meghan_hurley
    It will be days before Montreal and Ottawa police can determine if the two homicide investigations are connected #ottnews
    Tue, May 29 2012 16:11:47
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