The two men in their 20s hand-dug the 33-foot-long tunnel

By Alexandra Zaslow
March 03, 2015 03:40 PM
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It certainly seemed suspicious when it was first uncovered in January: a hand-dug, 33-foot tunnel reinforced with lumber and plywood and rigged with electricity, right near the site where the Pan American Games are being held in Toronto this summer. Was it built by terrorists planning to launch an attack?

Now the answer has emerged: the mysterious tunnel is a “man cave,” according to the New York Times, built by two men in their 20s, because well, just because.

A conservation officer had found the hole near York University on Jan. 14, filled with tools, empty bottles, food containers and a rosary with a red plastic poppy – what Canadians wear to commemorate the country’s war dead every Nov. 11.

Toronto tunnel
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The two men – whose identities were discovered after police asked the public for help in solving the mystery – dug the tunnel for “personal reasons,” according to BBC News. “Our concern was whether there was any criminal intent or threat to the people or the city. There was not. The investigation is concluded,” Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash told BBC News.

The diggers have not been arrested – but they have been punished: as a safety precaution, their underground hangout has been filled in.