Homes evacuated as explosives found

6th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police evacuated 108 homes in the northern Dutch city of Hoogezand on Wednesday as experts moved in to remove explosives stockpiled by a local firearms and ordnance enthusiast.

6 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — Police evacuated 108 homes in the northern Dutch city of Hoogezand on Wednesday as experts moved in to remove explosives stockpiled by a local firearms and ordnance enthusiast.

The bomb disposal squad EOD was called in after police were tipped off on Tuesday. Residents said one of their neighbours had collected explosives as a hobby.

A 60-year-old man, allegedly a former marine, was arrested on Tuesday night. Besides the explosives, he also collected guns, but reportedly had a permit for that.

Police did not confirm what type of explosives were found, but the material was reportedly light in nature. Special mobile police assisted the clearing operation, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported.

The EOD wanted to clear the explosives during daylight to minimise risks. While stationary, the explosives are not considered to pose a real danger. The risk increases when the explosives are being moved.

A police spokesman said there was no direct danger, but every precaution was taken in removing and transporting the explosives. Residents who were evacuated were given shelter at a nearby community centre.

The flats are located in the middle of a larger residential area. Traffic on the nearby A7 between Groningen and Winschoten was not diverted during the operation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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