Brussels bomb scares prove false alarm
9 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Two bomb scares in two days caused commotion in Brussels, but both turned out to be false alarms.
9 March 2006
BRUSSELS — Two bomb scares in two days caused commotion in Brussels, but both turned out to be false alarms.
On Thursday, Brussels police were alerted to a possible bomb in a car with foreign number plates parked on the Naamsepoort.
The call was placed with news service RTL and responding police found a car with Spanish plates parked behind the royal palace.
The vicinity was evacuated and the bomb disposal squad called in.
But before the squad could start its bomb-clearing operation, the unsuspecting owner of the vehicle showed up. Police then gave the area the all-clear.
Meanwhile, a 17-year-old Ghent youth forced the evacuation of the Atomium on Wednesday after calling news service VTM that a bomb had been placed in the recently renovated tourist attraction.
Brussels police were alerted to the threat at about 12.20pm and ordered the evacuation of the structure. The building was then searched, but no explosive device was found. The all-clear was given 90 minutes after the drama started.
Police later discovered a 17-year-old youth had lodged the bomb warning. He confessed immediately to officers that the bomb scare was intended as a joke.
Police and the Atomium organisation now intend to force the boy's parents to pay for the costs incurred in the bomb hoax.
The deployment of police officers could amount to a couple of thousand euros and the Atomium has given the 500 evacuated tourists a free ticket in compensation, costing the organisation EUR 3,500.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news