Bomb scare at Belgian brewery

4th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

4 May 2005, BRUSSELS – Belgian brewer Interbrew received a bomb threat on Wednesday that turned out to be a false alarm, Belga news agency reported.

4 May 2005

BRUSSELS – Belgian brewer Interbrew received a bomb threat on Wednesday that turned out to be a false alarm, Belga news agency reported.

An anonymous man dialled up Belgium’s '100' emergency number at 7 am, claiming that a bomb was going to explode at the beer brewery in Jupille.

Police and fire-fighters from nearby Liege soon arrived on the scene and cordoned off a security zone of 300 metres around the brewery.

All local residents and pupils of primary and secondary schools found within this security zone were evacuated.

Yet a search of the brewery revealed no bomb or faulty machinery.

It was concluded at about 11 am, after which all evacuated Interbrew staff, area residents and schoolchildren were allowed to return to their daily routines.

Security measures were however heightened at the brewery.

Interbrew's flagship brands are Belgium’s Stella Artois and Germany’s Becks.

The Belgian company is part of InBev, the world’s largest beer producer.

InBev SA was formed last summer in the USD11.4 billion (EUR 8.8 billion) merger of Belgium’s Interbrew and Brazil-based AmBev, Latin America’s biggest brewer and the world's fifth-largest at the time.

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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