Tourist French fleamarket buy holds up Eurostar

27th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two tourists who tried to take an old shell bought from a French fleamarket onto the Eurostar Sunday caused an hour's delay to the train when officials discovered the weapon in their luggage, police said.

The pair had bought the decorative shell, which dated from 1885 and was still active, at the popular Saint-Ouen fleamarket in the north of Paris, they said.

After customs officials found the device in their luggage, security authorities evacuated the Eurostar terminal at the Gare du Nord station. Bomb disposal services also were called in, an AFP journalist at the station said.

Traffic resumed on the cross-Channel rail link after an hour.

© 2010 AFP

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