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Strassen "bomb" was rechargable batteries
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Strassen "bomb" was rechargable batteries

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Employees of a financial centre in route d’Arlon on Tuesday afternoon were shocked when a bomb alert was declared and they were evacuated from their workplace.

Employees of a financial centre in route d’Arlon on Tuesday afternoon were shocked when a bomb alert was declared and they were evacuated from their workplace.

Just after 2:15pm a package was delivered by a courier containing eight to ten wired plastic cylinders.

Security forces were immediately informed and the building near the Centre Hospitalier, evacuated. In total 190 employees from six companies had to hastily leave their workplace.

The police established a security perimeter and one lane of Route d'Arlon was closed to traffic.

Shortly before 4pm a special explosives squad took over in order to examine the package carefully, located on the fourth floor of the building. At the same time other officers began investigations as to the origins of the package and who exactly it was addressed to. At first neither the sender nor who delivered the package was announced.

At about 4.30pm the two upper floors of an adjacent building was also evacuated as, in the case of an explosion, they could also be in danger.

At 5:10pm the police gave the all clear and the entire story was revealed:

The package had been delivered to the wrong address and contained rechargeable batteries. The rod-shaped batteries were about 20 cm long and had a diameter of about 4 cm. Each battery was connected to the others with wires.

A police spokesman told wort.lu that it was perfectly understandable a package of this kind being delivered to a financial institution was deemed suspicious by employees.