A4 bomb scare a false alarm

24th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Police say the suspect package that caused the closing of the A4 motorway at Rijswijk and the cancellation of train travel between Den Haag Hollands Spoor and Delft on Wednesday morning was a false alarm. Both routes have been re-opened.

24 March 2004

AMSTERDAM — Police say the suspect package that caused the closing of the A4 motorway at Rijswijk and the cancellation of train travel between Den Haag Hollands Spoor and Delft on Wednesday morning was a false alarm. Both routes have been re-opened.

The alarm was raised at 8.45am and after the motorway was sealed off, rail travel between The Hague and Delft was also cancelled at about 10.10am.

Police and rail network administrator ProRail said the suspicious package was found underneath the railway viaduct over the A4 between two exits near Rijswijk.

In light of the devastating Madrid bomb attacks earlier this month, police treated the matter seriously and experts with the EOD bomb disposal squad were called in.

"Safety is the main thing, therefore we have shut down everything," a police spokesman told news agency ANP.

But the EOD found no trace of explosives in the package and gave the all clear shortly after midday.

A police spokesman in The Hague explained that a witness had contacted police after seeing someone place a package under the viaduct on Wednesday morning.

The package was 70cm by 70cm and had a hard outer casing. Police refused to provide further details about the package.

ProRail had advised commuters to travel via tram between Den Haag Hollands Spoor and Delft and told people commuting between Rotterdam and Schiphol and Amsterdam to travel via Utrecht.

Anyone trying to get to Central Station in The Hague or to Leiden was told to travel via Gouda.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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